The overlooked 被忽略的一群

On a crisp winter Sunday in 2012 I set out to Wakehurst in Sussex, a beautiful botanical garden managed by the Royal Botanical Garden, Kew.

在2012一個寒冷的星期天,我到修適士/薩塞克斯郡的Wakehurst參觀。它是一個由皇家植物園管理,非常漂亮的植物公園。

Wakehurst is a fascinating place for botanists, as it has a vast array of gardens and landscapes, and the world largest seed bank to collect and preserve seeds from around the world to save the species from extinction in the wild.

對於植物學家或喜歡植物人士來說,Wakehurst是超棒的,因為它有很多花園及風景區域。還有全世界最大的種子庫,收集和保存來自世界各地的種子,防止植物在野外滅絕的可能。

My trip wasn’t scientific of course, after all what did I know about botany? Wakehurst is a great place for a walk, and I found that even though I knew next to nothing about nature, I couldn’t help but notice all the different kinds of trees around me. I had no idea what most of these trees are, but was just fascinated by the fact that so many trees in different shapes and sizes and form co-exist together. Some are still leafy green, some have turned red and yellow, and some have lost all their leaves over the winter. All too often, I think we take trees for granted, don’t pay enough attention to them and appreciate their existence. Maybe a bit like how we treat our parents sometime perhaps?

我對植物一竅不通,在那裹當然不是學術研究而是散步。縱使如此,我留意到園內有很多我不認識的,不同型態的樹木共存。有些仍然很翠綠,有些樹葉已變紅或黃,而有些經過嚴寒的冬天已全部落葉變得光禿禿,正在等候春季來臨。很多時我覺得,我們總認為樹木生長是很理所當然的事而忽略他們,未有給予足夠注視和欣賞。好像有時我們不經意也會如此對父母呢!

Here are some more of my favourite tree photos that I’ve taken over the years. I can’t remember exactly where from, but somewhere in England.

這裡有一些我以前拍了還很喜歡的樹木相片。所在地點在哪我已忘記,但全都在英格蘭。

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I read online there are 22 top benefits of trees, but I think you only need to know and remember 3. First, it combats climate change. Second, it cleans the air. And third it provides oxygen. I can’t think of anything else more important than this.

我在網絡上看到一則樹木22主要益處的文章。但我認為大家只須知道及緊記3點就可以了。第一,他有助對抗氣候變化。第二,他會令空氣更清新。第三,他為我們提供氧氣。我想沒有比這幾點更重要吧!

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