Living With Trees
by Robin Walter

Common Ground is producing a book to inspire, guide and encourage people to engage with their local trees and woods, to value and celebrate them. It will build upon Common Ground’s many previous books, including In a Nutshell (1989), Community Orchards Handbook (2008) and Arboreal (2016), as well as its newspaper projects PULP! (1988) and LEAF! (2016-2017).


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Trees and woods offer great potential to rebuilding our wider relationship with nature, reinforcing local identity and sustaining wildlife. There is a utilitarian need to plant millions of trees to lock up carbon to ameliorate the effects of climate change, to help shade our towns and cities and bring shelter and beauty to places. The upsurge of action early in 2011 to stop the sell off of Forestry Commission land demonstrates widespread interest in access to wooded landscapes. Since then, much good work has been done to sustain this public interest and provide an opportunity for rethinking our relationship with woods, notably by organisations such as the Woodland Trust, the National Association for Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Welsh National Parks, Community Woodlands Association, Plunkett Foundation, Llais y Goedwig (Community Woodlands), the National Trust, Wildlife Trusts, progressive town councils and the Forestry Commission (especially the groundbreaking approaches to land reform and support for community forestry in Scotland). There are many initiatives and innovative projects which need amplification and action to reach beyond themselves, whether they are focussed on planting and caring for trees, or aimed at stimulating education, improved well-being, social inclusion or economic equality.

This book will celebrate those people and offer their examples as inspiration to others.