Scanning for veteran trees around Kenmore from Black Rock, Drummond Hill. January 2014.

Ashley Peace.

I live with my wife in Dunfermline, Fife, but I was born and bred in Stocksbridge, South Yorkshire. I've spent almost a quarter of my life living in Scotland.

I graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2008 with a BSc (Hons) in Ecological Science (Forestry). I recently graduated with an MSc in Real Estate Management and Investment from Edinburgh Napier University.

I was an arborist for four years in Sheffield. More recently I have been working as a postman in Edinburgh while I studied for my masters degree.

I was a Volunteer Wildlife Assistant with the RSPB for one or two days per fortnight for a year (2013-2014) at the Lodge, Aberfoyle. I also volunteered full-time with the Sheffield Wildlife Trust for three months in 2009.

Trees and photography, obviously. Also walking and camping.

Why Treeblog?
I remember about ten years ago everybody seemed to have a blog, and I thought if I was going to write one then it would have to be about trees. I was studying for an ecology/forestry degree at the time. I uploaded the first post in February 2007.

Treeblog in a nutshell
My original idea for Treeblog was to document the progression of several groups of trees that I would plant as seeds, from seedling to sapling and beyond to maturity. Things didn't pan out as I'd expected, but I do have three grey alder saplings out in the wild that are several metres tall and still going strong. The blog deviated away from my original intention towards being more of a photography blog to focus mainly on pictures of trees and fungi that I'd taken. There were other posts on a range of tree-related subjects, and I hosted a tree-based blog festival a few times.

I was losing interest in updating the blog by 2013/2014, and Treeblog became truly moribund with only one post in 2014/16. However I think it would be a shame to let it die off forever and would like to bring it back to life for its tenth anniversary in 2017.

Last updated 13th November 2016

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