Our guest blogger today is Paul Dixon, a photographer who, along with his other work, uses his images to raise awareness of humanitarian and environmental issues…
“I’m not usually one for blogging, however when I was invited to write a guest blog about a recent photography project, it was an offer I couldn’t refuse.
Growing up in the countryside of Suffolk I have had a long held affinity with trees, and have been planting acorns and conkers on and off since about the age of 5. So it is only natural that this affinity has influenced other areas of my life.
I’m a photographer with a particular interest in humanitarian and environmental issues, although I have never directly focused my attention on trees before. That was until I returned to live in the countryside, which just so happened to coincide with the gradual increase in the reporting of diseases affecting our native tree species. Impressed with the bare forms of naked trees throughout the winter months, I now had the perfect excuse to justify a project on the magnificent ancient oaks that can be found locally to me.
Ancient Suffolk Oaks is an ongoing and ever evolving project with which I hope to help raise awareness of the importance yet vulnerability of our trees, in this case ancient oaks. Of the 44 trees photographed to date, 20% have displayed signs of the black weeping patches that are associated with Acute Oak Decline.
I would just like to finish this, my first ever blog, by thanking both Kay Haw and Jill Butler at The Woodland Trust for generously giving me their time and assistance.”
Paul Dixon, Photographer (and lover of trees)
Our Trees Need Help – click here to see our other blog posts on tree diseases and activities to address this.