Trees Please

Find the original here: is a fantastic permaculture website & very inspirational to just potter around in.  Doing a Permaculture Course is high on my to-do list.Trees are so incredibly underestimated, a bit like bees really. They’re lovely, we know they’re important but perhaps we don’t quite appreciate that we’ll be totally sunk if they all disappear.  If you’re reading this make a promise to yourself, and the planet, to plant at least one tree this week.  I will if you will.
 Give me a land of boughs in leaf,
A land of trees that stand;
Where trees are fallen there is grief;
I love no leafless land.
– A.E. Housman
This is one the trees in my backyard. The original tree was slowly strangled by a fig until both the host tree & the parasite eventually died. Rather inefficient but they thrived together for quite a few years. Though it’s dead, this tree is a haven for birds, flying foxes, possums and seasonal vines. At the moment it’s covered in tiny fruiting Chinese Gooseberries, which is what this sulphur-crested cockatoo spent the afternoon feasting on.

Reasons to love trees, according to my students:

  1. They provide shade
  2. They provide homes for wildlife
  3. They provide oxygen
  4. They’re beautiful
  5. Those that flower attract pollinators
  6. They’re turned into books

I think our future is in good hands.

About B Lee Draper

Teacher, uni student, aspiring writer.
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