As a child, trees were a place of shelter and grounding as well as adventure and new perspectives. In particular, there was an old Box tree in our garden that I loved to climb, and a huge old oak in a nearby valley where I would escape to and sit at its base, sulking or dreaming, depending on my weather! I would spend hours with my siblings, exploring our local woods, discovering new worlds, literally and in our imaginations. More recently, we have planted two trees for our daughter who joined us last year, including one gifted to us from Cambridge City Council as part of their Cambridge Canopy Project. The walnut tree in this picture towers over our allotment. The walnut is a special tree for us. My husband’s parents were given a walnut tree for their wedding and we used some wood from that tree to make our wedding rings.
By Helen Mulligan, educator
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:
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