Category Archives: Health

Still woodwatching at Stansted

It took ten years of campaigning and a change of Government before the plans which threatened 6 ancient woods on the outskirts of Stansted airport were finally put to bed.  The Coalition’s ‘Programme for Government’ stated there would be no … Continue reading

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Happy people need trees

We already know that trees are officially good for your health. The Government’s public health white paper ‘healthy lives, healthy people’ (published last year) recognised the importance of the quality of the environment within which people live to their physical and … Continue reading

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Woods are worth repeating yourself for

Less than a week to go to have your forestry conversation! Remember the controversy earlier in the year around the Government’s plans to sell off the public forest estate? Widespread public outrage and several national and local campaigns saw them swiftly … Continue reading

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The environment, do we care?

‘Environment’ is a word used repeatedly in today’s world. But what do we in the UK really feel about it and how much do we understand? This was the focus of a number of surveys carried out from 2007 to … Continue reading

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Celebrate World Forestry Day all weekend!

What better year to celebrate World Forestry Day on 21st March than 2011 – a year in which the public’s passion for woodland erupted and united us in one powerful force for nature. No-one could fail to be in awe at the … Continue reading

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National food security needs trees

The ‘Future of Food and Farming’ a report by Foresight, a government think tank on global futures, lays out the challenges of feeding a rapidly expanding global population. Against a background of climate change, diminishing fresh water supplies, and fossil … Continue reading

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Turn that frown upside down with trees

Build up your self-esteem, feel happier and live longer - just some of the reasons we should all live near trees. Trees are officially good for your health, says the Government’s strategy for public health which was launched this week by … Continue reading

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Talking trees with the House of Commons

Public Affairs (PA) at the Trust includes our Government Affairs team as well as the Campaigning and Conservation teams. These are the people who work hard talking up trees and woods to policy- and decision-makers, locally and nationally and at many … Continue reading

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Put down your placards and plant trees instead!

Once upon a time the traditional campaigner took to the streets, placard in hand, a hard-hitting message emblazoned across a banner. Making your voice heard in the crowd was all about creativity and the art of grabbing attention. Now, those … Continue reading

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Environmental awareness must turn into action

The ‘ecosystem services’ provided to us by woods and trees and the wider natural environment are becoming increasingly recognised. These include flood alleviation, carbon sequestration and access to green space for public health  -  to name but a few – as well … Continue reading

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