Inside the Outside : in the heart of trees

This tree draws your eyes up and up, and in its vast surround and towering crown is a play of shapes and the brightest of greens: it’s like being inside a kaleidoscope, breathing in the scent of loam and wood and fresh leaf, bathed in birdsong … meeting a venerable lime tree in the South Downs National Park, and getting to the heart of things. Read More

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‘A Halo of Memories’ : The Calgarth Oak

We have listened to many stories about trees over the last eighteen months, but today the story we heard was far more moving than we had expected. Trevor Avery had been in touch to say he had something he wanted to show us, and it involved a tree. We met him this morning, in the… Read More

A new charter for trees

Back in 1217, two years after the Magna Carta was written, Henry III signed the Forest Charter. Since then, a lot has changed. Ancient woodland has disappeared at an alarming rate and, according to the Woodland Trust: “…society in the UK has never been more disconnected from its trees. Individuals are less likely to spend… Read More

The new Charter for Trees, Woods and People

Did you know that the Anglo Saxons had 471 different words for trees and woods? Or that the 1068 Domesday survey revealed that 15% of England was wooded (today it’s just 14% in the whole of the UK)? These two facts were shared by the Woodland Trust’s Matt Larsen-Daw at the recent Charter Champion day in… Read More