• 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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  • 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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  • Bredon Hill Academy supports the Tree Charter!

    We have been working with schools around the UK since we announced our 10 Tree Charter Principles in March, to teach them about the charter. Schools have been signing up as Tree Charter Schools, which mean that they have adopted the Principles and taught their pupils about the charter. The Tree Charter team loves to […]

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  • Trees for All

    By Matt Larsen-Daw, Project Lead for the Tree Charter Trees and woods have the power to enhance our lives in many ways, providing physical and mental health benefits, spaces for fun and relationship building, and opportunities for jobs in forestry management, arboriculture, conservation, timber production, woodcraft and more. Backed up by a wealth of evidence, […]

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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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  • Hay Charter Challenge School Winners!

    We have recently run a competition as part of the Green Tree Schools Award, run by the Woodland Trust, for schools to send us in 10 drawings- one for each of the Principles! Each of these schools will become a Tree Charter school, who adopt the Principles of the Tree Charter in some way- this […]

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  • Marble Oak Gall

    Join the Oak Apple Harvest

    We need your help to make history! We are calling for people across the UK to harvest oak galls to create the ink that will be used to write the final Tree Charter, harking back to the ink that was used for documents such as the Magna Carta and the Charter of the Forest. Oak apples are […]

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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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  • Heartwood

    A story written in Leafen by Chris Warren Chapter 1 Each ring is a story of great joy and beauty. Maxims of Heartwood, number one First Leaf – a breathing I am wisdom in my ring history. I plant me that Unleaving come and the Dying. I plant me in my sap that branchbend wind […]

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  • New Forest Trees- Forgotten History?

    This blog is written by Michael Clarke, who was involved with the Ancient Tree Project in the New Forest. Perhaps one of the most documented of ancient Royal Forests, the New Forest can still reveal links to a forgotten past when for many centuries it provided timber for the shipyards which operated in Southampton, Portsmouth […]

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