• 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a man whose work reframed the value of ancient woodland for modern society, and her work bringing to light previously unpublished texts by the great man himself.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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Oak Trees- by Jeanette Comfort

    I used to live in the country and was very interested in the flora and fauna around me. My very first poem was about a daffodil, I looked at them growing and thought “what would they feel like when they were cut?”. I then looked at the old oak tree and wondered what it had seen […]

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  • Drawn from the wood

    It was the veteran sweet chestnut trees of Hanbury Woods which inspired me to do a series of drawings and that led to an exhibition at the National Trust’s Hanbury Hall last October. I chose the title, Drawn from the Wood. I am an amateur artist, drawing in late retirement. My career was as an […]

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  • The Vernon Oak story

    There is an oak tree growing at the bottom of Vernon Road, a quiet cul-de-sac in Dore, Sheffield. It’s what an Independent Tree Panel recently called, ‘a very fine specimen’. It has an interesting story, not least because that story may soon be cut short, if Sheffield City Council get their way. It sprouted from […]

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  • Bird Girl- Being a Charter Champion

    This is a blog by Bird Girl, a blogger and Charter Champion. It has been re-blogged from her website, where you can read the original.  Woodland Wonder Everyone loves trees right? They are beautiful, stunning, ancient, environmentally essential and take minutes to destroy hundreds of years of growth. I live next to woods which are […]

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  • Woodland Landscapes: A Series of Anthropological Perspectives

    “Walking down to the wood pile the overwhelming presence of silence became palpable. It was the same collecting water from the lake when the sun first topped the trees to the east of the cabin. Nothing. No birdsong or wind shaking the trees. When the axe struck, splintering and cleaving the wood down through its […]

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