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Monday, 14 February 2011

Trees, trees, trees

It struck me today how much news coverage our forests have had already this year! The world over people are banding together in support of our woodlands – the Philippines have gone as far as to declare 2011 their National Year of the Forest.

Closer to home there has been a national outcry at the proposed sale of up to half of the forestry commission owned forests in Britain, with over 500,000 people signing the petition against it. The National Trust are encouraging the public to plant Mistletoe in their gardens to fight against its decline and help support the 41 species of birds that rely on it. Farmers in Scotland are being encouraged to grow trees on their farms to help maintain animal health, protect crops, conserve wildlife habitats and offset carbon emissions.

Is 2011 the year of the tree or what??


  1. Wow, so many wonderful trees!I Especially like the cherry blossomed-like tree. Thank you so much!

  2. Amen to that.... save the trees! After living 15 years in the city, I learned that most tarried on not realising there were no trees in any of the estates - even the established ones. After we built, it broke my heart to look across the miles of roofing.... and not a tree in sight. Thank heavens we moved back to the country, and have a few trees that are FILLED with native birds! Thank you so much for these images.... they are wonderful!
    hugs from Australia (most of which has no trees!),