• The True Value of Sheffield’s Threatened Trees

    The true value of the trees around us is often overlooked, because the services they are performing for us are invisible to the naked eye. Their impact on the environment is huge, but is often not appreciated until it is gone. The Tree Charter seeks to ensure that this hidden value is recognised, and that […]

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  • Trees, SUDs and Supplementary Planning Guidance

    Charlotte Markey from GreenBlue Urban discusses the importance of the planning system in looking after our urban trees and woods. Supplementary Planning Documents are documents add  more details to policies set out in Local Plans. Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDs) are drainage solutions that take pressure off traditional sewer systems and pipes, by providing an alternative […]

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  • Two ancient woods safe but more face destruction

    Planning is an important Principle of the Tree Charter, and the focus for June’s blogs. This blog is all about the Woodland Trust’s campaigning work to protect woods and trees, an issue which could be reduced with better planning around woods and trees. This is re-blogged from the Woodland Trust website and was written by […]

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  • Our ancients deserve better

    This blog is re-blogged from the Woodland Trust website, and was written by Senior Campaigner Kaye Brennan. You can find out more on the Woodland Trust website. Ancient woodland is a technical term coined by the late Oliver Rackham. Woods and trees which were already in existence in the 1600s evolved on undisturbed soils, creating […]

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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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  • Big Birch in Fermanagh Woodland.

    Trees make our country look beautiful.They provide habitat for insects, birds and bats.They provide oxygen for all living creatures. I love trees. I have watched many disappearing from our landscape in the country-side by over-zealous farmers. Many more are lost to development. Planning laws should protect trees, but there is little evidence of that happening. […]

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  • Trees for Health: Just Another Reason Trees are Important

    The speed and anxiety of modern life simply does not exist amongst woodland trees, especially tall ancient trees. Life slows down as you take in your surroundings. They help sooth mental anguish and I believe are important culturally. From playing fetch with the dog, tree climbing, stomping on fallen leaves in the autumn months and […]

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  • Trees are Precious

    I am 73 now, but when I was growing up we could roam around all day. We were surrounded by heathland, woods and farm land. During the summer holidays we were out playing in the woods, fields and streams from dawn to dusk, only going home when our parents came home and in time for […]

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  • Southbank Trees

    The trees along the Southbank are very special to me. This part of London, in front of the National Theatre, with views of St Paul’s and Parliament has become very busy in the last 15-20 years. Where once there was the Theatre and the Concert Hall, the second-hand books market stalls, one pub and of […]

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  • Saving our Yews

    They are beautiful, spiritual and soften the hard edges of a street /town. They provide for wildlife. Have you ever noticed how the most expensive areas of a town are always tree lined, and how “the mean streets” are devoid of greenery . A couple of years ago, a local church applied to fell a […]

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