International day of Forests

 

International Day of Forests 2021 is on March 21st. The theme chosen by the Collaborative Partnership on Forests for 2021 is “Forest restoration: a path to recovery and well-being”.

I have always found walking in forests – or even little groups of trees – one of the most calming and restorative things I have ever found. This week I’m going to present some of the woods and forests I’ve experienced, and I hope that they help you relax too. This picture is of an amazing Acer palmatum in Batsford Arboretum, with the autumn light shining through the branches, and setting the leaves on fire.

In honour of International Day of Forests 2021 – “Forest restoration: a path to recovery and well-being”. A really ancient woodland is an irreplaceable treasure. The mossy textures on these undisturbed trees and stumps is a balm for the soul – all those velvety greens. If you’re lucky enough to have a forest near you, make sure to look at the moss next time you’re there.

International Day of Forests 2021 – “Forest restoration: a path to recovery and well-being”. These stunning Sequoia sempervirens in Muir Woods in California, USA are truly awe-inspiring. I find that walking amongst trees re-establishes a link to the natural world, and knowing that these magnificent trees will be growing long after I’m gone helps me to find a place in it.

International Day of Forests 2021 – “Forest restoration: a path to recovery and well-being”. A few years ago I was lucky enough to visit The Gambia. We took several walks in nature reserves and woodlands. One of the trees that stayed with me was the monkey and elephant tree, so named because of a resemblance in some of the branches to the faces of a monkey and an elephant. The memories of that trip will be the beauty of the forests and the mangrove swamps. What beautiful forests have you visited?

International Day of Forests 2021 – “Forest restoration: a path to recovery and well-being”. It’s just coming into bluebell season in my local woodland. I’m always amazed at the transformation each year from ordinary woodland into a blue carpet, spreading amongst the trees. It lifts our daily walk into something quite magical. What woods do you love?

If you’ve been inspired by these trees, find out more by visiting https://www.un.org/en/observances/forests-and-trees-day

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