Replied to Robert Jones on Twitter: "I'm becoming increasingly sentimental as I get older. I have a real fondness for hawthorn, probably because hawthorn trees bounded two sides of our garden when I was growing up.…" (

‪The hawthorn is a lovely tree. Every spring I think blackthorn is my favourite and the the hawthorn comes along. There seems to be even more than usual this spring. ‬

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