There is nothing quite so refreshing, relaxing and re-invogorating as wandering about in a quiet stretch of English woodland. Even the thought of it spreads a ripple of tranquility through one’s tired and computer-tensed body – even a picture, such as on the lovely package of material from the Woodland Trust, that dropped through my letter-box the other day. The large square envelope was smothered with sunlight filtering through beech leaves deep in the woods, speaking of peace. That’s the impression it conjured up in my mind, anyway, as I reluctantly… tore it open. No matter – the booklet inside was covered with the same beautiful image, and many others inside.
Woodland at Muddiford, near Barnstaple: photo LGordon
I am so happy to have become a member of the Woodland Trust. Even in my position of having virtually no spare money to speak of, it is great to be able to help towards protecting and restoring ancient woods and trees, and creating new areas.
The Trust very much encourages us to get out and enjoy our woodland heritage, and to get involved with its projects. The pack contains a directory
of all the Woodland Trust woods in the UK, with maps and info, as well as a handy little leaf identification swatch book – very clutchable and fondlable – each page has clear and well-printed leaf images on the front, and factual information on the back.
And it looks waterproof too – must give it a trial dip in a convenient muddy puddle.
The Trust plants and dedicates a tree to every new member.
You can join on their website: The Woodland Trust.
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