It’s no huge secret that taking pictures and writing about plants is just a hobby, but it’s all linked to my ‘real’ job, managing the website for Kew – www.kew.org.
We’ve had a very busy period lately (which maybe explains why this blog has languished!), but this has culminated in the launch of the Rhizotron & Xstrata Treetop Walkway website. It’s a really rich resource for anyone who loves their trees, and indeed anyone who simply wants to learn about trees.
My favourite bits?
[email protected] – an interactive map showing just over 100 of the best or simply most interesting trees at Kew, with links through to full profiles on each. There’s also a great little tree identification guide letting you choose bark, leaf, fruit and overall profile characteristics, and it will tell you which of the profiled trees match.
Trees of the World – again an interactive map, but this time linking through to tree stories about Kew’s research around the world. Just a few sample stories in there for now, but with plans to add to this regularly.
Another highlight is that everyone else gets a chance to contribute. You can add notes about trees, comment on the blog posts, and through Flickr share photos of the trees in People’s Arboretum – these will be displayed on the website adding to the depth and breadth of content.