Spare a thought for trees and forests

As part of its centenary in 2019, the Forestry Commission is calling on the nation to write about what trees and forests mean to them.

Spare a thought for trees and forests

From the nation’s great forests to local parks, trees that line our streets and those in our back gardens, Tributes to Trees is a celebration of trees and woodlands everywhere, reminding us how they sustain life on earth. 

The thoughts and tributes will be published in an online gallery and selected writings shared at special centenary tree-planting events across the country later this year. The project is a blank canvas as the Commission looks to gather a diverse collection of letters, poems, stories and memories.

PK Khaira-Creswell, Director, centenary programme, said, “Trees are both a life-source and source of inspiration for people everywhere. During our centenary year, we want to encourage the nation to pause and reflect on what trees and forests mean to them.

“This collection of thoughts will connect people with the beauty and diversity of our landscapes, and highlight the importance of trees both for people and nature.”

From nostalgic childhood memories to a favourite woodland walk, the public is being encouraged to create writing inspired by personal passions and experiences.

The writings will reflect how forests offer a unique environment in which to improve physical and mental health.

To find out more, and submit your tribute, visit: 

The Forestry Commission is marking its centenary this year with a cultural programme that reflects on its history, while looking forward to the next 100 years. The anniversary is an opportunity to tell the stories of the nation’s forests, and inspire people to connect with the trees and woodlands on their doorstep.

‘Tributes to Trees’ is part of the Year of Green Action, a year-long drive in 2019 to help people to connect with, protect and enhance nature.

Header Image Credit: Forestry Commission


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