• Oak and Ash and Thorn: the Ancient Woods and New Forests of Britain

    This is an extract from Chapter Four of ‘Oak and Ash and Thorn: the Ancient Woods and New Forests of Britain’ by Peter Fiennes, published by Oneworld Publications. This chapter explores when Peter goes back to the woods he knew well as a child. This is Knockwood in Tenterden, Kent. My father felt a deep […]

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  • The Lorax Supports the Tree Charter!

    “The trees have no tongues, so they need you and me to speak for them.” The Old Vic have recorded a Tree Charter message from the Lorax calling for people to sign the charter. Check it out below and find out more about the production starting soon. Have you signed the Tree Charter yet? Find […]

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  • Silent Witnesses

    Christiana Payne is Professor of History of Art at Oxford Brookes University, where she has been teaching since 1994. She is a former Honorary Secretary of the Association of Art Historians and a current Trustee of the Marc Fitch Fund. She has contributed articles and reviews to Apollo, the Burlington Magazine, the Oxford Art Journal, […]

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  • Grafting Histories

    Christine Mackey, one of eight Tree Charter artists in residence around the UK, explains how her project will explore how communities in Northern Ireland interact with trees and each other through woodland. Find out more on Common Ground’s website. “I would like to find out how the local communities actively use the different woodland landscapes today, […]

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  • The Wolf’s Crag

    In the pinewoods: Alec Finlay’s approach works with Gaelic place-names, and considers examples individuals renewing The Great Wood, alongside the struggles and achievements of conservation. In particular, approaches to deer management and pinewood regeneration at National Trust Scotland’s Mar Lodge Estate, and Project Wolf, which was devised by Douglas Gilbert as an ingenious strategy – […]

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  • 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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  • Supernature: Tree Charter Artists

    James Webb is running one of eight Tree Charter artists in residence around the UK. Here, he explains how his project will explore our relationship with trees in the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. You can find the original piece on Common Ground’s website. “Where did these trees come from? What brought them to this place? What […]

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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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  • Find out more about oak galls

    Many trees have galls growing on them. Galls come in all shapes and sizes. But what are they, how do they form and do they harm their hosts. Read on … What is a gall? A gall is an abnormal but characteristic growth produced by a host plant in response to the presence of another […]

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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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