• Celebrating the Life and Work of Oliver Rackham

    Paula Keen, Woodland Creation Manager for the Woodland Trust in South Wales, reflects on her personal friendship with a man whose work reframed the value of ancient woodland for modern society, and her work bringing to light previously unpublished texts by the great man himself. Oliver Rackham inspired a whole generation of ecologists, historians, and practical […]

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  • Trees & the Environment

    This infographic was created to show just how important trees are to our lives. One small tree keeps a family of four alive for one whole year and I think this is an incredible statistic. It is such a simple demonstration of the power of trees that just one is responsible for keeping you and […]

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  • Recording Old Trees

    The Ancient Tree Hunt- recording our oldest trees The Ancient Tree Hunt is a Woodland Trust campaign- the inventory is an online register of ancient trees around the UK. On a sunny day in April, my family and I decided to go out to record some of the old trees in my village near Bristol. […]

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  • Is it bad to use forest products?

    Forests are magical; places of wonder that invigorate our bodies and feed our souls. Sound a bit clichéd? Well, perhaps just a touch. That doesn’t make it any less true of course, but perhaps it’s time we saw forests as far more than just a really nice place to walk the dog. In Scotland forestry […]

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  • Roots and Leaves: Tree Charter EP 1

    Tree Charter EP is a 7 track free download and education programme in celebration of “Trees, Woods and People” led by young musicians and poets, who came together in 2 days of masterclasses by Lyrix Organix, in partnership with the Woodland Trust (hosted at BIMM London). It will be released on 22 April 2017, Earth […]

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  • Feel the Force: how Future Foresters view the Tree Charter

    In 1217, King Henry III signed the original Charter of the Forest, protecting rights of access to England’s Royal Forests at a time when local people relied on woodland for their fuel, housing, food and livelihoods. So what relevance will its modern day offspring, The Charter for Trees, Woods and People (Tree Charter) 2017, have […]

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  • Log hauling song

    Elesa This traditional work song comes from Guria, a region in the west of the Republic of Georgia, in the Caucasus. This version was arranged by Stephen Taberner and sung by his choir, the Spooky Men’s Chorale, and was introduced as a “log-carrying song”, although it is used to accompany manual work of any kind. […]

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  • At last! A chance to ‘Save our ancients’

    At last! A chance to ‘Save our ancients’   It’s official: planning policy is failing our most precious woodland habitats. Now’s the time to stop it. February’s Housing White Paper included an unexpected but very welcome intention to ‘strengthen the rules to increase the protection’ for ancient woodland and aged and veteran trees. To do […]

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  • The Student Council; engaging students in woods and trees

    The student council came together through the National Union of Students and is made up of students throughout England, Wales and Scotland. We’ve held stalls in Liverpool and Manchester, tree planting days in Bangor, art exhibitions in London and also allocated funds to hold forestry dinners in Inverness. Student Unions have too been active, collecting […]

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  • Project T In The Making…

    I’ve always had a particular love for nature and its calming affects. Having attended a Lyrix Organix and Tree charter workshop, which involved us coming up with an engaging environmental event idea, the cogs started turning and an idea for a music-led event began to form in my mind. Being a student, studying a Music […]

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