We hope you managed to celebrate Apple Day on October 21st, despite the limitations. Orchards, like all trees and woods, offer such great potential for rebuilding our wider relationship with nature, reinforcing local identity and sustaining wildlife. We need more orchards, individual trees and woods in our lives, to lock up carbon, to mitigate flooding, to help shade our towns and to bring shelter, wildlife and beauty to places.
Last year, in collaboration with Common Ground, the Woodland Trust and Trees for Cities, we crowdfunded and started work on Living with Trees, a beautiful book by Robin Walter (a forester and writer) that makes a powerful call for more trees in our lives. Drawing on the many ways that people around the UK are redefining their relationship with trees and woods in the twenty-first century – in healthcare, education, ecology, art, architecture, conservation, rewilding – the book demonstrates how caring for trees and woods enhances local biodiversity, community cohesion and well-being.