• 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Show the Love- The Climate Coalition

    Why are trees and woodlands so important to protect the people, places and lives we love from climate change? Many of our most cherished places are already affected by climate change – and many more across the length and breadth of the UK are at risk. From the seaside towns we holiday in, to the […]

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  • Jewish, Christian and Muslim teens show their love for the environment together…

    Interfaith Planting Teenagers from Jewish, Christian and Muslim faith schools across London came together on 7 February to plant trees at Heartwood Forest and demonstrate a shared love for trees and the wider environment. 45 teenage boys and girls from Muslim, Jewish and Christian single-faith schools planted saplings at the Woodland’s Trust Heartwood Forest in […]

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  • Charter Branch activities

    Wild Elements is one of our Charter Branches, based in Bangor, Wales. They are a social enterprise, and have been helping us to collect tree stories to contribute towards the Charter for Trees, Woods and People. Below you can read some of the stories that they have collected, and watch a video that they have […]

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  • Forest School Conference 2017

    The First Forest School Conference We are very excited to announce that the first Forest School conference will take place in Bucks on 18th March 2017. Kids learn so much from playing outdoors. It is so important for them to gain the skills to be confident in the natural environment, whilst also respecting the nature […]

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  • Climate Change and Trees

    Weathering the storm Trees live a long time, which means they have to be able to cope with change. But is the climate changing too fast for them to keep up? Conversely, how can trees help us adapt to the new regime of extreme weather, such as heatwaves and floods?   The Ankerwycke Yew, under […]

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  • Charter Branch Funding Applications Re-Open!

    Please note that we will finish collecting tree stories at the end of February. Please send us any via email (TreeCharter@woodlandtrust.org.uk) or to The Charter Team, The Woodland Trust, Kempton Way, Grantham, Lincolnshire, NG31 6LL   Charter Branch funding Applications In 2016 we enabled Charter Branches around the UK to carry out lots of activities […]

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  • A Georgian Tree Song

    Georgian songs The traditional polyphonic (in two or more parts each with a melody of their own) singing of the Republic of Georgia in the Caucasus Mountains dates back to pre-Christian times and has been declared by UNESCO as part of the intangible cultural heritage of mankind. Georgian songs celebrate the natural world of mountains, […]

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