• Urban Hedges Reduce the Impact of Air Pollution

    The Tree Council explain the importance of hedgerows in both rural and urban areas. You can view the original piece on the Tree Council website. The Tree Council has been promoting the benefits of hedges urban and rural since the launch of our Hedge Tree Campaign in 1999, over the past 18 years we have delivered […]

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  • Forest livelihoods

    Here Norman Dandy, Project Manager at Making Local Woods Work, explains how the Making Local Woods Work partnership is important for promoting jobs and helping to create a thriving forestry sector, and the important role that the Tree Charter will play in promoting forest livelihoods in the future. At the time of the 1217 Charter, forests were central […]

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  • The Cultural Value of Trees

    Here Mark Chester, of the Consulting Arborist Society, explains why we should value our trees and woods more, not only for their financial and ecological benefits, but for their aesthetic and cultural values. Britain is home to an estimated 75% of all of Western Europe’s veteran trees, and a collection of ancient woodland respected throughout […]

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  • Arts, Heritage and the Tree Charter

    The power of trees as symbols is clear from the many logos and designs that draw on them in contemporary culture. Pictures or names of trees instantly carry with them associations drawn from culture, art and personal experience, and they are overwhelmingly positive. Trees are strong, supportive, reliable, beautiful, bountiful natural and wise. Schools, political […]

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  • Trees in the British imagination

    James Bartholomeusz, Campaigns and Policy Assistant, Campaign to Protect Rural England. Find out more about CPRE on their website. There is something reassuring about the solidity of trees. As species with middling lifespans, we humans are used to seeing other creatures be born, thrive and die back in the churn of succession. Trees, however, tend […]

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  • What is a Tree- A Poem from Froglife

    This poem was written by Rebecca Neal from Froglife. Nature is one of the 10 Principles of the Tree Charter, and highlights the benefits of trees for wilflife and biodiversity.       Nature is one of the 10 Principles of the Tree Charter – show your support for everything that trees do to support […]

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  • Access to our Special Places

    Access to our special places, and the challenges this can bring. This blog is by Mark Chester of CAS (The Consulting Arborist Society). To find out more about CAS, please visit their website.   Britain is home to some pretty amazing places, open spaces shared with the natural world. Many of these have become particularly […]

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  • Best practice in commissioning green prescriptions

    This blog on Green Prescriptions is re-blogged from the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare website. You can read the full blog and find out more on their website. Green or nature-based prescribing is not a new idea, it was around a long-time before evidence-based medical care became the norm, when patients would be sent to the country […]

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  • Hope for England’s hedgerows?

    This blog is by Emma Marrington, and is re-blogged from the CPRE website. You can find out more and read the original on their website.   A few weeks ago I went to visit Prague for the weekend. It is a city full of historic buildings, many of which are art nouveau style – inspired […]

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  • Trees, SUDs and Supplementary Planning Guidance

    Charlotte Markey from GreenBlue Urban discusses the importance of the planning system in looking after our urban trees and woods. Supplementary Planning Documents are documents add  more details to policies set out in Local Plans. Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDs) are drainage solutions that take pressure off traditional sewer systems and pipes, by providing an alternative […]

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