Trees do not care what clothes I wear, what I do for a living, what my relationship status is. They ask nothing of me but that I tread carefully and leave their home as I have found it. They accept me as I am and in return, I do what I can to preserve them as they need to be preserved. I cannot imagine a world without trees. Or rather, I do not want to, because it would be hollow, empty, desolate place.
The writing of this was prompted by the Tree Charter website’s call for stories, anecdotes and thoughts about trees from anyone in the UK. They will be using what is submitted to create the Charter for Trees, Woods and People. Their website says the following on what that actually means:
The articles, or chapters, of the Charter for Trees, Woods and People, will be based upon the stories you share with us about how trees improve your life. The tree charter will set out people’s rights to these benefits and will remind us of the responsibilities we need to undertake to ensure that trees are protected and recognised in the future.
During 2017 carved ‘story poles’ will be installed across the UK. These poles will be a lasting reminder of the charter and the importance of trees in our lives. Stories can be carved into and written on these poles, helping to spread and continue the legacy of the tree charter.
The tree charter will launch on the 800th anniversary of the Charter of the Forest, which was signed in 1217. This charter aimed to protect the rights of the people to access the Royal Forests.
My story is now up on their blog here and if you live in the UK and would like to share your own story about trees, you can do so here.