26 Trees

“I think that I shall never see
a poem lovely as a tree”

I remember hearing Paul Robeson singing that song in my childhood and those lines have always stayed in memory. We all have enormous affection for trees but our knowledge of them is often very shallow. When I was writing my novel The Good Messenger, the first part of which is set in woodland, I became acutely aware that I actually knew very little about trees.

My exploration took me to a book called What’s that tree? This made me realise how much more there was to explore, so I arranged a meeting with the Woodland Trust. From that has now come a project 26 Trees which will pair 26 writers with 26 tree species in different parts of the British isles.

See the results of this project on our website here.

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