Woodland Trust staff, supporters and volunteers have trees on their mind all year round, but for many people trees are just background to life. For every conservationist, forester, arborist, hedge layer or carpenter there is someone who travels to an office in a train, car or bus and works on a computer all day. Everyone benefits from trees – from the air that they breathe to the wooden objects and furniture that they use daily. Not everyone realises it. Research shows that spending time among trees lowers stress and improves our mood, and even seeing trees from the window of our office or car helps us to feel calmer and concentrate better. That’s a lot of reasons to celebrate the trees in our lives!
This year’s National Tree Week is a special one, coming just weeks after the launch of the Charter for Trees, Woods and People at Lincoln Castle on 6th November 2017 (treecharter.uk). Drafted with input from more than 70 cross-sector organisations, led by the Woodland Trust, the charter focuses around 10 Principles, which were shaped by more than 60,000 stories from people across the UK expressing the role that trees play in improving their lives. Since these 10 Principles were announced in March 2017 more than 125,000 people have signed their names to stand up for a society in which people and trees stand stronger together. It’s never been clearer how much people across our society value trees.