Based in Scotland, Jo is a freelance writer with a keen interest in history and the natural world. She has always been drawn to the memories of a landscape, and is never happier than when she’s clambering around a ruined castle or walking on a quiet loch shore. Jo writes an online magazine called The Hazel Tree , and is also Writer in Residence at the Royal Scottish Geographical Society.

The birch has a particularly graceful, flowing habit that always reminds me of a stream of water, extending right to

When we stand beneath a tree and gaze up into its branches, perhaps running our fingers over the textured bark and