• Childhood Memory of Hadley Woods

    One of my first childhood memories was of standing with my mum and dad and two older sisters on the bridge in Hadley Woods, North London, overlooking the Great Northern railway line as a steam train, billowing smoke from its chimney, raced beneath us. It was an unforgettable moment – with the noise and smell […]

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  • Bredon Hill Academy- Our Newest Charter Branch!

    Our latest Charter Branch: Welcome to Bredon Hill Academy in Worcestershire, who have signed up as our latest Charter Branch. They recently took part in the Tree Dressing Day activity, using the pack that we developed with Common Ground to collect Tree Charter stories. Tree Dressing: Bredon Hill Academy Eco team were inspired by the […]

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  • Still the Scars of War

    A quiet Suffolk woodland still bears the scars of a war that ended 75 years ago.

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  • Running wild in the woods – the power of free play

    Tucked away in a pretty corner of rural Lincolnshire,  The Spinney is a community managed woodland with hidden depths. Covering six acres of an old quarry site, The Spinney is both a beautiful place to walk and relax, and an immmersive wild play arena for kids of all ages. Waiting to be discovered amidst the trees are rope […]

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  • Princeless

    When I was about 10 years old we lived in Latimer in Wiltshire. Our house was surrounded by a beautiful wood. I used to dress up with my sisters, and in the dressing up box was my mother’s wedding dress. One day I pulled on the wedding dress and marched off into the wood saying […]

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  • Woodland ownership in 21st Century Britain

    Gabriel Hemery, Chief Executive of the Sylva Foundation and author of The New Sylva reflects on the joys and responsibilities of owning woodland in Britain today, and introduces a consultation that will ensure the important voices of woodland owners input to the Charter for Trees, Woods and People. “Every person privileged to own or manage a forest […]

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  • If you go down to the woods today…

    …you’re in for a big surprise! Among the standard oaks and coppiced hazels of an Oxford woodland lies the biggest, yet friendliest, dragon you have ever seen. Her long muscular body and tail wind sinuously through the trees, tempting brave children and families to follow her deep into her woodland lair. Hazel the dragon welcomes […]

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  • what would we do without our beloved trees?

    From when I was a small child in the 50’s to this very morning trees have been with me in my soul. My mother taught us the beauty of their wonder. To climb, hide, touch, smell they were to me the essence of my childhood. The animals that were living below and above the different […]

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  • Shakespeare’s Scottish Tragedy

    The 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death falls on Saturday 23rd April 2016, and the UK is reflecting on the incredible literary legacy he left behind. Many of Shakespeare’s plays involve woodland settings – often as a place where the laws of man break down and natural instincts and chaos reign with tragic or comic results. […]

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