The big old tree in the middle of the lawn is the leading lady of our green room. She fills her stage with richness and substance and shade and rustling and swaying and her roots send ripples through the lawn. She has been a den, a hiding spot, a resting place, a party venue, a scratching post. She is a destination. She provides respite for pigeons the size of ducks (the plastic owl we bought to sit in the tree and scare them off has no effect whatsoever). She has gravitas and fragility, tirelessly sharing with us down below, her delicate twigs, leaves and spikey needles. She is the middle and top to the bottom and sides of our green room and we value her presence.
By Emma Askew; Member of University of Cambridge North West Development team, and art and tree enthusiast
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