Welcome to the first of our Wildlife Aid Education extended projects for school and home, Project Tree.
Trees are wonderful and extraordinary things, the largest and oldest living organisms with which we share the planet. They cover 30% of the Earth’s land surface, they control erosion, they regulate the atmosphere, and they provide the habitat of countless creatures. Meanwhile, throughout human history they have provided shade and shelter, timber for construction, fuel for cooking and heating, and fruit for food.
Sometimes, because of their immobility and their longevity, the sense that they are always with us in the same spot, we may take trees for granted, and not see them as living things in the way we do a smaller plant, or an animal. But imagine a world without trees – or think of the landscape in a place where there are no trees, such as an arid desert, the Arctic, or the Moon. What a terrible place it would be!
So let us celebrate the tree and all it gives us, in every way we can: explore our projects, and enjoy yourselves engaging with all things ‘tree’!