Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima)


The tree of heaven gets its name from its height. Originally from N. China, it can grow up to 27m (c. 90ft) if you let it, but we love it for its three foot long leaves and tolerance to coppicing.

Our young specimen tree was rescued from an overgrown area in a local garden centre.

We have become a heavenly sanctuary for many plants ‘at risk’ – plants that are overgrowing or overcrowding their conditions or those that owners were simply going to destroy because they didn’t fancy them any more and wanted a change. The RSPCA still fight against this attitude in some pet owners to this very day.

Plants are ‘alive’, don’t just kill them, gift them. (OK .. so we are lucky to have the space for a 350ft giant like Sequoia hey! Hmmmmmmmm!)

Waves from the HoBBian Hills ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <+))))))))>< ~~~ Grant

Beach Combing

IMAGENAMEHEREIn the Beach Comber Room above the fire stack, a series of stone ledges form a three sided ziggurat that climbs back at an angle towards the ceiling. These ledges are adorned with the many items ‘found’. on beachcombing expeditions.

Many of the objects here, inspired the love of the sea and the passion for water life that led to the formation of the UK Charity, World of Water.

To keep the dust off them, I have designed a wide canopy cum lamp shade to hover above them. This shade will hide a light fitting and make a feature of the collection. Any friends into large lampshade making should contact us.

But is the collection ‘Art’?
The Art of Nature is very creative and I marvel at the interconnected group of maybe up to 100 million species that share this blue planet. As everything evolves it creates a legacy record and provides abundant food for thought and digestion, but also provides the foundations for the growth of all futurities.

At the HoBB, we work to keep in tune with Nature and turn today’s strangers into tomorrow’s friends. I started the element titled ‘Where are they now?’ as our own HoBBian version of “Friends Reunited” and it works. So far no beachcombing friends have re-emerged but if you are enthusiastic about the sea and you fancy a good beachcombing trip anytime contact me – new beachcombing friends welcome for the grandest of Welsh Wales West Coast forages.

~~~~~~~~~~ <+))))))))>< ~~~ waves from Grant