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Cleaning tree - Birch or Tibetan Cherry Tree

Hi all!

I will keep this short as possible.

I'm a shoot producer working for a photographer who is lucky enough to be able to take breaks here and there and shoot his own projects either for his portfolio or to use at a later date, maybe to be published in a Sunday supplement etc. He has always wanted to find someone to shoot cleaning the bark of a birch or Tibetan cherry tree, strange as it may sound!
So I'm on the case to find that person. He has an idea for a mini series of people with unusual rituals, and this is an offshoot of that series. We are both based in East London and don't mind travelling about 2 hours away.
I wanted to know if you had a suitable tree which we could photograph you cleaning, or if you knew anyone that does? 
It's been so hard to me to find someone who does this who would be up for a shoot, but we have one booked in already! A member of the Kew Horticulture Society is going to be our first subject, but we are looking for a few more.
 
Do let me know if this sounds like something you could be interested in.
You can reach me here - [email protected] or 07709491149.

We are hoping to shoot within the next 3/4 weeks.
 
Thanks so much,
 
Chloe Rivers.

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  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 16,246
    Cleaning the bark of a birch tree? 
    Is that the same joke as the man who wanted a left handed spanner?

    They are having you on, kiddo.😊
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • Thanks for calling me kiddo (I'm 36) but it's an actual thing. Featured on Gardeners World and on a few blogs out there.
    People clean, peel or buff the bark to give it a spruce after it grows moss and gathers dirt.
  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 16,246
    Well, I’m twice your age so you are a kiddo to me. Most people are.😁

    Life’s too short for buffing bark.😂

    I don’t watch tv or know what a blog is, so you have the mastery of me there.

    But good luck with your quest.
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • chloesriverschloesrivers Posts: 4
    edited June 2019
    No it's definitely real :)


  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 16,246

    Crivens.

    I obviously don’t belong to the right set.

    Must get myself some blue hair and a Joyce Grenfell accent. 

    And warn my Derbyshire farming neighbours that no, I am not loopy, don’tyouknow, but rather I am on my way up.

    Even the sheep round here would be giggling.

    Love it.



    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • WillDBWillDB Posts: 2,011
    "Life's too short for buffing bark"

    You could make the same argument for deadheading roses, pinching out annuals, training climbers, trimming topiary etc etc. But enhancing and modifying the appearance of plants is what gardening's all about surely.

    https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/garden/455639/Wash-and-groom-Alan-Titchmarsh-on-how-to-look-after-your-silver-birch-trees
  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 16,246
    You could make the same argument for deadheading roses, pinching out annuals, training climbers, trimming topiary etc etc.

    I do.

    My garden.😁




    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  •  I’m almost embarrassed to say I wash and clean the bark of my silver birch, I saw Alan Titchmarsh demonstrating it on one of the garden programs a good while ago.
    I have only two silver birches so it doesn’t take long but it gets the brown and green algae of and they shine white all summer.
  • Chrissy that’s amazing! You are just what we are looking for! Can I ask if you would be up for a shoot? We literally just need close ups of your hands cleaning the tree. 
    Where abouts are you based? 

    Chloe 
  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 2,625
    Thank goodness my trees can't read.

    When I read the headline, I thought, "A tree that can clean?! Reserve one for me."
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