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Spare a thought for trees this Valentine’s Day, urges writing project

As part of its centenary in 2019, the Forestry Commission is calling on people to write about what trees and forests mean to them this Valentine’s Day

As part of its centenary in 2019, the Forestry Commission is calling on people to write about what trees and forests mean to them this Valentine’s Day

From the nation’s great forests to local parks, trees that line our streets and those in our back gardens, trees and woodlands surround us. A new project by the Forestry Commission, Tributes to Trees, aims to celebrate them, and remind us how they sustain life on Earth.

This Valentine’s Day, the body is asking people to write about what trees and forests mean to them. The thoughts and tributes will be published in an online gallery and selected writings shared at centenary tree-planting events across England later in 2019. Staff are looking to gather a diverse collection of letters, poems, stories and memories.

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PK Khaira-Creswell, director of the centenary programme, told Positive News: “Trees are both a life source and source of inspiration for people everywhere. During our centenary year, we want to encourage the nation to pause, and reflect on what trees and forests mean to them.

“This collection of thoughts will connect people with the beauty and diversity of our landscapes and highlight the importance of trees both for people and nature.”

This collection of thoughts will connect people with the beauty and diversity of our landscapes

From nostalgic childhood memories to a favourite woodland walk, people are encouraged to come up with writing that is inspired by personal passions and experiences.

Tributes to Trees is part of the Year of Green Action, a year-long drive in 2019 to help people to connect with, protect and enhance nature.

Trees in the Forest of Dean. Image: the Forestry Commission

To find out more, and submit your tribute, visit www.forestryengland.uk/tributes (link live from 14 February)

Featured image: Gilly Stewart

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