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Raul Conde Vila, tree expert at Wisley

Raul Conde Vila, tree expert at Wisley, standing next to a Giant Redwood. This shows the scale of the tree, which measures over 5 metres around the base, indicating an age of approximately 100 years. The lower photo is a Metasequoia glyptostroboides or Dawn redwood. A prehistoric tree thought extinct, but discovered growing in China in 1943. Currently classified as endangered.  

The Old Men Of The Woods

In 2007 I took photographs for a folio called ‘Pinhole Impressions’, which is a record of trees at RHS Wisley using a pinhole camera. I was lucky enough to have this exhibited at both Kew and Wisley at the time. 10 years on, some of these trees are under threat from the proposed development of the M25 and A3 road junction. With the help of the folk at Wisley, I have started a new project with the working title ‘The Old Men Of The Woods’ recording some of the 500 trees that could be lost. Some are rare, some are […]


A few new images taken recently, which I might include in the selection for the Wildlings exhibition at Oxford House. I found these whilst rowing, returning later with a camera. There is a completely different perspective from a boat, offering views invisible from a footpath. These trees have chosen inhospitable places for themselves to grow. It’s not just a case of surviving. They obviously thrive.

Thames footpath, Mortlake


Confluence. Three of London’s lesser known rivers in one place. All within a few hundred metres of the North Circular and Brent Cross Shopping Centre. Mutton Brook (bottom left) and Dollis Brook (right) merging to form the River Brent, which heads off top left towards Brentford Dock and ultimately the Thames.