Astrophysicist? Moi?

In what can only be described as a close encounter of the possibly paranormal kind, Sharon recently received an insight into what life may have been like had she achieved good enough grades to follow her first choice of career; that of Astro Physics. Now those of you who know her well will be rather surprised at this choice. I mean, heels on the moon?

And so it was that, at a recent gathering, a shy, retiring, and studious young man in the ‘Bletchley Park Code Breakers’ stratosphere of intelligence was engaged in a conversation with her, thinking, quite possibly that he was the luckiest person in the room, given that nobody else seemed to want to talk to him. Sharon, in full flow by now and putting the man at ease, explained how good it was that Brian Cox had raised the profile of Astro Physics by his media profile and was staggered by the young mans response as with a large degree of disdain and the raising of all three eyebrows, exclaimed:-

‘That’s PARTICLE physics, Brian Cox’……PARTICLE physics…….

and, inconsolable, he turned and left.

Good career choice for Sharon though…..









The ICF, Scottish breakfasts, and public speaking week……..

The ICF, Breakfast in Scotland, and some time off from tree surveys


Taking some well deserved time away from trees (and what to do about them), this week Sharon doffs her assessors Tam O Shanter as she flies to Edinburgh to fulfil one of her other roles in ‘soon to be freezing’ Scotland, at the Institute of Chartered Foresters. As a fellow of the Institute, Sharon takes a great interest in new candidates wishing to join, and has mentored some in the past. Two days will be taken up until she finds herself, on friday, in Cambridgeshire representing the ICF and  EATALOG (East Anglian Tree and Landscape Officers Group), giving a talk on establishing  and retaining quality trees in the urban landscape, a subject (amongst others) which she is passionate about, amongst others. Those of you who read the case of the Durning Library tree will understand how important it is to try to achieve a balance between necessary development and equally necessary trees, so for those who are going, get involved in this talk, as it will be a chance to discuss your experiences too. To quote from the Barchams blog:-

The afternoon session will be a review of BS5837:2012 ‘Trees in relation to demolition, design and construction – recommendations’ in particular protecting trees on development sites and how the process might be improved. Sharon Hosegood (Sharon Hosegood Associates) will present a consultants opinion and Simon Case (North Norfolk District Council) will give observations on the process from a local authority perspective. These two speakers will set the scene for what is hoped to be a lively debate on the subject.