The life of a Christmas tree
Ever wondered what a Christmas tree makes of our tradition of bringing a tree home to decorate it just to get rid of it a little while later? Well, here’s the answer!
At Trees for Cities our focus is very much on planting trees, but we understand why the Christmas Tree tradition is cherished around the country. As with all traditions, it brings with it a comforting sense of nostalgia, and the Christmas tree is for many as important as the Christmas gifts and the food.
That being said, from a tree’s perspective this whole business of taking it home with us, decorating it and then getting rid of it, must seem a little odd? It made us think about how a Christmas tree would react and how you can make the “getting rid of” part into something more positive (spoiler: recycle it!). With the help of illustrator Alexi Francis, we visualised a day in the life of a Christmas tree. Take a look at our little tale here:
Intreeducing: The Beech
Known as the 'Mother of the Woods', beech trees have long been a source of wonder and amazement for humans. Some say cathedral builders were inspired by the beauty and structure of beech woods to build their own high vaulting arches. Some of the first books were slices of beech with writing carved on them. Language reflects this connection between beech and books. The English word ‘book’ is derived from the Old English boc. German, a close relative of English, uses “buche” for beech, which later became “buch” (book); “buchstabe” is the word for alphabet.
Learn more about one of our most beloved and well-recognised trees here:
My day of volunteering with Trees for Cities
Our work would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of our passionate volunteers. There is a sense of pride and connection to something greater than yourself that makes planting trees such a rewarding experience, and the feedback we receive from our planting days is a constant reminder that helping the environment and improving people's lives go hand in hand.
Our volunteer Christopher Hall from People's Postcode Lottery tells his story of volunteering with us in Edinburgh, where he learnt a lot about trees' impact on the environment – and on himself. Read Christopher's story here: