I’m a tree hugger and always have been. There’s something in my nature that draws me to them like old friends. How gratifying it is for me to see so many other people waking up to how important and precious trees are. Every oxygen-breathing organism on Earth benefits from the work done by these forest denizens. Their fallen leaves not only nourish the ground they stand in but also feed a network of fungi, plants and small critters essential to the circle of life. The trees hold the land in their roots, preventing soil erosion and landslides. They suck up water and protect the land from flooding. They provide shade, shelter and homes to countless animals, birds and insects. They give us fruit, nuts and medicine; wood for building and fuel. In the rainforests they even create their own weather.
Trees are amazing. And now we need them more than ever. Their ability to capture carbon from the air, to use and store it, while releasing life-affirming oxygen, is vital in the battle against climate change.
We must plant more trees. Anyone with a garden can do that. If you can’t, donate to an organization that will plant trees on your behalf and support campaigns to protect ancient woodland.
We have lost our connection with Nature, that fellowship experienced so profoundly by our ancestors. For far too long we have looked down upon primitive cultures that talked about nature spirits and the wisdom of trees. We dismissed the Druids for worshipping trees. It was all superstition. But we were wrong. The trees have been our allies all the time, even when we turned our backs on them. They remained the guardians of the planet and quietly went about the business of preserving its ecosystem. Now it is imperative we embrace them again as our friends and rediscover that lost connection, before it is too late.
There is a close relationship between trees and writers; don’t they provide us with the paper on which we write our stories? They can even give us the ink to write them with. Ink made from oak galls was favoured by scribes during the Middle Ages and Renaissance because of its permanence and resistance to water and it still enjoys a niche market today among artists.
UK, Carol Browne was raised in Crewe, Cheshire, which
she thinks of as her home town. Interested in reading and writing at an early
age, Carol pursued her passions at Nottingham University and was awarded an
honours degree in English Language and Literature. Now living and working in
the Cambridgeshire countryside, Carol usually writes fiction, but dabbles in non-fiction and is a
contracted author with Dilliebooks.
Being Krystyna; A story of
survival in WWII
the London Olympics, and for young Polish immigrant Agnieszka, visiting fellow
countrywoman Krystyna in a Peterborough care home is a simple act of kindness.
However, the meeting proves to be the beginning of a life-changing experience.
about the past are not memories of the good old days but recollections of
war-ravaged Europe: The Warsaw Ghetto, Pawiak Prison, Ravensbrück Concentration
Camp, and the death march to freedom.
Krystyna suffered and what she had to do to survive, these are horrors
Agnieszka must confront when she volunteers to be Krystyna’s biographer.
way to accomplish her task, and, in this harrowing story of survival, what is
the message for us today?