Meet The Trees. Autumn visit to the Ash tree
Thanks to the appointment of our education officer, Becky - a position made possible by a grant from the Ernest Cook Trust - Andover Trees United have been delivering activities with local schools for the ‘Meet The Trees’ project. This autumn, Becky has been taking the school groups to visit an Ash tree that is due to be felled, aiming to connect children with woodland and sustainable forestry.
A big thank you goes to the Englefield estate for allowing us to use their woodland, especially Richard and his team of foresters.
The felling of the Ash and the impacts that this will have is a particularly important topic due to the fact that many Ash trees have been or will be lost from the British landscape due to the spread of Ash Dieback disease. Meaning that once the Ash is felled, it cannot be replaced with another tree of the same species. The project allows children to form an emotional connection with the tree and enables them to consider the many services that trees provide to both humans and ecosystems. As well as the positives and negatives of felling the tree, how the tree can be used as a resource after it is felled, and how woodlands can be sustainably managed.
School groups will visit the tree again early next year to watch the felling, and will continue to follow the journey onwards as the tree’s wood meets its end-users.
It’s Important to make sure we support sustainable resources, including wood. To do so, look for the FSC logo on any wood-related products before you buy. The FSC logo allows businesses and consumers to identify, purchase and use wood, paper and other forest products made with materials from well-managed forests and/or recycled sources.
Written by Alex Marshall.