As you can probably tell from the picture below, I’m quite partial to a good woodland. In fact, exploring lesser known ancient woodlands in South Wales has become a bit of a hobby of mine. Not only do they offer unrivalled peace and tranquility, but they richly reward anyone who cares to pay attention with spectacular wildlife, funghi and berries.
So it’s not surprising I was pleased to see conservation groups in the UK calling for a new national charter for trees, woods and people. Led by the Woodland Trust, the campaign has been launched for a new tree charter in 2017 to mark the 800 year anniversary of the signing of the original Charter of the Forest, signed by Henry III. This helped protect and restore the right of people to access and use the royal forests.
It’s hoped the campaign will mean greater protection for trees and woodlands against the continued threats of development, agriculture, disease and climate change.
To kickstart the campaign, people across the UK are being urged to share their ‘tree stories’. You can do this here. I’m going to upload my tree story in the next few days. Do you have a ‘tree story’ to share?