Trees have always played a significant part in my life, from gathering Autumn Leaves to give to my Nursery School teacher, to sitting up in a treehouse as a teenager in Boar woods, watching wild Boars coming in, to feed. Both of these activities on the Germany-Netherlands border in North Rhine-Westphalia, a region of immense Tree cover.
In the UK, Thetford, Sherwood, and more recently Hainault Forest have all been places of significance, but smaller areas of trees have offered me great joy too. Seeking out trees and woodland, to bring comfort and restoration; this practice of Shinrin Yoku, or Nature Therapy as it is coming to be known, is a simple rewarding activity, for immersive sensory experience. Something we should all experience and for that we need trees. Like the Earth itself, they need to be revered, so we and generations to come can enjoy them too.
By Rebecca Lindum Greene, Artist, Founder of Drawing Connections
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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