• Tree Shanty

    Will Thomson, a student at The Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh, has written us a ‘Tree Shanty’ based on the idea of the sea shanties of old. Will is also carrying out a project on interpretation which involves creating music based performances on 5 different native Scottish plants, including Rowan and Birch. You can hear […]

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  • Herbal Medicine and Trees

    On a beautiful sunny late Autumn day, I look out of my window and I can see a blackbird feasting on hawthorn berries. I am happy as all the hawthorn berries I need have already been harvested and made into a tincture-a water and alcohol extract, ready to use to treat patients.   Hawthorn Hawthorn […]

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  • Sheffield’s Memorial Trees

    The situation with Sheffield’s Street Trees has been well documented in recent months. Over 30 World War One memorial trees are under threat of felling in Sheffield, along with hundreds of other mature street trees. Communities across Sheffield are campaigning against this.   A Charter Branch event Crookes, Western Road & Walkley Tree Action Group […]

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  • Hugged By a Tree

    Having spent this morning scraping down and painting the inside of the shower door and surround I went out after lunch in some wild weather to clear my lungs and sinuses of the toxic fumes. It was brooding, windy and wet weather and I was well wrapped up. Shod in gumboots and lost in thought […]

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  • Local Councils: Becoming a Charter Branch

    Your local parish, town or community council can participate in the Tree Charter by becoming a Charter Branch. To register your local council as a Charter Branch, simply add your council’s name and details to the boxes on the right hand side of this webpage: https://treecharter.uk/charter-branches/ As a Charter Branch your council will be joining […]

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  • 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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  • Under the Umbellifers

    This song is about falling to the spell of a willow tree whilst taking a rest under its branches. The tree takes the singer into the kingdom of plants to look at it through their eyes, and appreciate how alive it is in a different way to the world we know as human. The song title […]

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  • Threat Detectors

    I first learnt about the role of a Woods Under Threat Detector when volunteer manager Sarah Cooley gave a presentation at a WT networking day. I already volunteered for the trust as a tree surveyor, monitoring the key pests and diseases threatening our trees. Seeking out ancient woodland at risk of damage or destruction by […]

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  • A Poem About Trees

    This poem was written by Julie Rolls.   We want your poems about trees and woods! We are always looking for examples of the different ways in which trees and woods inspire people! Please send us your poems and songs to TreeCharter@woodlandtrust.org.uk.  

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  • Not Out Of The Woods Yet

    “Not out of the woods yet” (idiom) meaning – not free of difficulty/trouble/danger yet   Folklore and imagination From a time when – Sarah Maitland suggests in Gossip from the Forest – our geography, history and imagination as a northern European, once forest-dominated, culture has placed the woods into a dark, untamed, wild corner of our […]

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