Sunday, July 27, 2008

Rhizotron & Xstrata

Rhizotron and Xstrata Treetop Walkway are new features at Kew Gardens aimed at giving the visitor a new perspective on the landscape in the arboretum.

Rhizotron is the 'secret place' showing the underground world of trees with its rich diversity of insects, invertebrates, fungus and root systems. Xstrata treetop walkway allows the visitor to literally walk amongst the treetops of the sweet chestnuts and oaks and see the gardens from a completely different view point.

Although it was only on its third day of opening on my visit I was highly amused to see that a pigeon had already begun nesting in the fork of one of the huge metal support posts and was completely unfazed by the large numbers of people looking down on it.

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