Trees are very close to my heart. Not only are they the focus of my current job as Project Lead for the Cambridge Canopy Project, but they have always been a big part of my life – from climbing them as a child, researching them during my academic studies, or being amongst them whilst walking, climbing or mountain biking. It’s hard not to find inspiration and hope in trees. There’s always something new to observe in or on them, or to learn about them. Whether it’s a flower, a fruit, or the unfurling of a new leaf. Or if it is a fact about one of the amazing benefits that trees provide us. And we know that by planting more trees, and doing so in integrated and intelligent systems, we can make our towns and cities more liveable and better suited to a changing climate. Trees, people and our well-being are inseparable. The Tree Charter recognises and celebrates this, and it is great that Cambridge City Council has pledged to uphold its principles.
By Dr Matthew Ling, Project Lead, Cambridge Canopy Project
This story is part of a new gallery of images and voices gathered to celebrate Tree Charter Day 2020. You can support the Tree Charter and celebrate Cambridge’s Urban forest by:
Exploring the gallery of trees and voices gathered for this celebration
Signing the Tree Charter
Downloading the Cambridge Canopy Project creative activity pack
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