• Sheffield’s Memorial Trees

    The situation with Sheffield’s Street Trees has been well documented in recent months. Over 30 World War One memorial trees are under threat of felling in Sheffield, along with hundreds of other mature street trees. Communities across Sheffield are campaigning against this.   A Charter Branch event Crookes, Western Road & Walkley Tree Action Group […]

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  • Trees, Pubs and Tree Folk

    There are still just over 50,000 licensed premises in the UK although about 20 bring down the shutters for the last time each week to be converted into food outlets, flats or other dwellings. But the close connections that existed over the ages between trees, woodlands and those who cared for them and these watering […]

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  • Under the Umbellifers

    This song is about falling to the spell of a willow tree whilst taking a rest under its branches. The tree takes the singer into the kingdom of plants to look at it through their eyes, and appreciate how alive it is in a different way to the world we know as human. The song title […]

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  • A Poem About Trees

    This poem was written by Julie Rolls.   We want your poems about trees and woods! We are always looking for examples of the different ways in which trees and woods inspire people! Please send us your poems and songs to TreeCharter@woodlandtrust.org.uk.  

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  • Not Out Of The Woods Yet

    “Not out of the woods yet” (idiom) meaning – not free of difficulty/trouble/danger yet   Folklore and imagination From a time when – Sarah Maitland suggests in Gossip from the Forest – our geography, history and imagination as a northern European, once forest-dominated, culture has placed the woods into a dark, untamed, wild corner of our […]

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  • Wangari Maathai Day

    It’s the little things people do that will make the difference. My little thing is planting trees. Wangari Maathai   Today 3 March is Wangari Maathai Day, designated by the African Union to be observed in conjunction with Africa Environment Day. Surprisingly the name Wangari Maathai is not well known in the UK even though […]

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  • The Consolation of Urban Trees

    In my early twenties (longer ago than I care to admit) I moved from a home in rural Gloucestershire to Redditch – a new town in the Midlands. For a year I lived in a flat with a view across a car park to other car parks beyond – but there were chestnuts, and they […]

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  • Forest School- Why Trees?

    I had a conversation with someone the other day that was interested in Forest School, but questioned why the ethos put an emphasis on it taking place in a woodland. It made me remember how I had a similar concern when I was first introduced to Forest School. At the time I wondered why a […]

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  • Planting Trees For The Future

    When I moved to Corn Helyg in July 2010 I felt a calling to plant trees, lots of them! The 6 acre field that came with our cottage was inhabited with sheep and when the sheep left five months later for pastures new, we were left with a compacted (and in some places) a very […]

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  • Blocking the bulldozers in Bassaleg to save mature trees

    Newport tree campaigners now take their battle to the County Court Local activists from the Charter Branch Save our Woodlands Bassaleg were so concerned about the loss of important local trees in their area that they were willing to stand in front of bulldozers when contractors tried to fell them. The trees are on private land, […]

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