A tree is sustainable. We need to plant three BILLION by 2050 in the UK alone to combat Climate Crisis. Almost every area will have people who can help you plant trees, a tree for you to plant and an area to plant it in – but planting is only the first step. Trees have to be nurtured like any other plant, and watered and fed and checked on until the are old enough to survive alone. Trees are wonderful things – so here’s a poem about one!
A small tree seed falls in the soil
bursts open, swells, a shoot uncoils
its journey to the sky begun
a leaf unfurls, turns in the sun
to gratify its appetite
it eats earth’s food, drinks rain and light
shapes skin of bark, and wood as bone,
green clothes of leaves, and when it’s grown
then it gives back; it starts to bear
nut, blossom, fruit, its breath cleans air
its branches are a music hall
and home for souls that creep and crawl
a swing for squirrel acrobats
a perch for birds, a roost for bats
its life, green loveliness from birth
its death gifts goodness back to earth
© Liz Brownlee
See if you can find a way to plant a tree, or several trees. The Woodland Trust is a good place to start asking.
Beautiful tree image by Marvin Foushee on Flikr, by CC license.