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a man whose work reframed the value of ancient woodland for modern society, and her work bringing to light previously unpublished texts by the great man himself.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

    The Ancient Tree Hunt- recording our oldest trees The Ancient Tree Hunt is a Woodland Trust campaign- the inventory is an online register of ancient trees around the UK. On a sunny day in April, my family and I decided to go out to record some of the old trees in my village near Bristol. […]

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  • Is it bad to use forest products?

    Forests are magical; places of wonder that invigorate our bodies and feed our souls. Sound a bit clichéd? Well, perhaps just a touch. That doesn’t make it any less true of course, but perhaps it’s time we saw forests as far more than just a really nice place to walk the dog. In Scotland forestry […]

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  • Feel the Force: how Future Foresters view the Tree Charter

    In 1217, King Henry III signed the original Charter of the Forest, protecting rights of access to England’s Royal Forests at a time when local people relied on woodland for their fuel, housing, food and livelihoods. So what relevance will its modern day offspring, The Charter for Trees, Woods and People (Tree Charter) 2017, have […]

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  • The Student Council; engaging students in woods and trees

    The student council came together through the National Union of Students and is made up of students throughout England, Wales and Scotland. We’ve held stalls in Liverpool and Manchester, tree planting days in Bangor, art exhibitions in London and also allocated funds to hold forestry dinners in Inverness. Student Unions have too been active, collecting […]

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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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  • Trees, People and the Built Environment Conference 3

    The third Trees, People and the Built Environment conference, hosted by the ICF team is happening at the University of Birmingham today and tomorrow, the 5th and 6th April. The full programme includes speakers coming from around the world. The following information is from ICF’s website. ‘The Trees, People and the Built Environment conference is […]

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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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  • 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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