• 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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  • Tree Charter Artists – 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. “I would like to find out how the local communities actively use the different woodland landscapes today, inviting them to share both their personal […]

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  • Northern Ireland’s ecological disaster: the untold story

    This article has been reblogged from Scope, the policy magazine for Northern Ireland, which is funded by the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action. The article was written by Nick Garbutt, and the original can be found on their website. Campaigners are setting about tackling Northern Ireland’s least known and most devastating ecological disaster, Scope […]

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  • LEAF! The Newspaper for Trees, Woods and People

    Common Ground and the Woodland Trust have joined forces to produce a seasonal newspaper for trees, woods and people that we hope will inspire people to reflect on the incredible ways that trees and people are benefiting each other across the UK. Through the creation of the Tree Charter we want to ensure that remarkable […]

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  • Seeing the woods and the trees as part of Heritage Open Days

    England’s largest festival of heritage and culture returns this September (7-10) with thousands of FREE events. Nationally coordinated but locally run by an army of volunteers, Heritage Open Days offers people the chance to see hidden places, try out new experiences and learn new things; all of which are FREE to explore. And this year […]

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  • The future takes root

    Each year great writers and thinkers from across the UK and beyond descend on Hay-on-Wye for a festival of ideas that inspires thousands of visitors and sends ripples out across the literary world. The Charter for Trees, Woods and People was one of the ‘big ideas’ under scrutiny by experts and intellectuals at this year’s […]

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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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  • The Shady Side of Town

    A Different Kind of Tree Project. Anna Iwaschkin describes how the launch of a new book on local trees fired enthusiasm for trees in the town.   It was a 21st century start to a collaboration: two strangers, seeing each others’ posts about trees by chance on the Facebook page of a mutual associate. One […]

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  • Ancient Trees Saved by Ancient Laws

    How did the Forest Charter of 1217 save trees for the future? Andrew Dunning, a curator of medieval manuscripts at the British Library, explains. Some of the most stunning creations of the Middle Ages are still alive. Think about that for a moment: there are things living today that are over a thousand years old. […]

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