One of the reasons I love trees is that they amplify the weather and the seasons. The translucent fresh green leaves of spring, dappling sunlight on drifts of bluebells and wild garlic. Heavy deep green leaves rustling gently in the breeze, casting welcome shade on a hot summer’s day. Yellow, red, and burnt orange illuminating the low rays and long shadows of the weak autumn sun. Bare branches bending, whistling, and howling through a winter storm. In torpor, unbearably still, muffled and glowing in the white snow or icy frost of winter. The natural cathedral made by the avenue of beech trees at Wandlebury is a wonderful place to experience the weather and the seasons – and it exemplifies all of the 10 principles of the Tree Charter, which is supported by local charity Cambridge Past, Present & Future.
By James Littlewood, Chief Executive, Cambridge, Past, Present & Future
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