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    Walk in the Woods: throughout May 2014


    In this 40th anniversary year of The Tree Council, we are urging everyone during the month of

    May to get out into the woods or walk around trees in their neighbourhoods and just look at

    what a difference they make to the landscape. Imagine if the Victorians hadn’t put plane trees

    in London’s streets; if boat builders at the time of the Battle of Trafalgar hadn’t planted oak

    trees to provide their successors with materials for a new fleet, or more recently, the planners

    hadn’t made space for flowering cherry trees to line residential roads. Close your eyes and

    imagine that. See the difference?

    With the bouts of sunshine that have been escaping from behind the clouds recently has come

    the steady spread of green as leaves start to burst. Trees and woods will be in different stages

    of revival as spring creeps across the landscape but everywhere, there will be surprises and

    treats to be seen. Wood anemones with their delicate white petals on the woodland floor;

    bluebells at every stage from dark greeny-blue knots to bright blue carpets; even unexpected

    plantings at the base of street trees or shaded grass in the parks. Trees complete the scene.

    “We have such a diverse treescape in the UK but we don’t always appreciate how fortunate we

    are” said Pauline Buchanan Black, Director-General of The Tree Council. “There are trees of all

    shapes and sizes and leaves of every colour and form. There will be tree identification walks

    and activities to suit everyone, being organised by people all over the country in both urban

    and rural woodlands;” she added, “from places that are easily accessible by those who will find

    rugged terrain difficult and tours of interesting street or park trees, right the way through to

    more challenging trails, there will be every opportunity to see the difference that trees make.”



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