The grainy old photo on the right appeared in The Radio Times in January 1974. The tree I am planting is a Monterey pine (it seems I was obsessed with pines, then as now) which, 37 years later, is a 60 foot monster with a similar wingspan. I found the cutting as I was clearing out old papers and reproduce it here in case anyone is still labouring under the delusion that it’s not worth planting small trees because you’ll never see them in maturity. Also as a warning: Pinus radiata is not a good choice for a garden of less than a couple of acres.
In the background on the left is one of the huge elms that started to die that very year.