Find the original here: www.permaculturevisions.com/beauty-of-a-tree/#commentsThis 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:
- They provide shade
- They provide homes for wildlife
- They provide oxygen
- They’re beautiful
- Those that flower attract pollinators
- They’re turned into books
I think our future is in good hands.