tree talks

awareness acknowledgement acceptance action

The tenacity of trees what trees can teach us about resilience and hope pictures pics
The earth is our mother message Arkan Lushwala video 4.04 mins
Starling murmurations video 2.47 mins

winter sightings winter hearings

from your window, balcony, garden, daily walk, can you hear these birds calling you?

Sparrow audio
Robin audio
Wren audio
Blackcap audio
Grey Wagtail audio
Chiffchaff audio
Rook audio
Mistle Thrush audio
QUIZ – which garden bird are you?
Woodpiegon audio
Collared dove audio
Magpie audio
Chaffinch audio
Greenfinch audio
Blackbird audio
Starling audio
Bue tit audio
Great Tit audio
Long tailed tit
Song thrush audio
Dunnock audio
Coaltit audio
Goldfinch audio
Connecting to nature in winter calendar activities read
one square inch of silence audio 1 min

Listening to silence, why we must protect the world’s quiet places a discussion with an acoustic ecologist audio 1hr 29 mins
how trees talk to each other video 18.24 mins
Wildflower gallery pics/read
Hiroshima’s trees of hope witness history audio 9 mins
The trembling giant the quaking aspen witness history audio 9 mins
Two years living up a tree witness history audio 9 mins
Corneille Ewango – Risking my life to protect Congo’s forest during the civil war witness history audio 9 mins
The ancient tree that taught the world a lesson witness history audio 9 mins
Wassailing singing to the apple trees audio 3.59 mins
Birdsong radio audio

quiz: test your winter plants wisdom
As the serpent stirs from winters cave feel first the ripple then the wave of life within the quickening earth
Plants to look for in winter when out and about activity
read see experience
make a medicinal wreath
video 16 mins
Plants to look for in March when out and about activity
read see experience
Under the canopy
Forests of folktale and imagination World Service The compass
audio 27.10 mins
dandelion, red dead nettle, common self heal, hairy bittercress, cat’s ear, ground elder, not always a foe but dear friends weeds are often full of medicinal gifts if we are willing to listen, take a look at your herbal medicine chest
what is a weed anyway? read

loving weeds and all plants take a look braiding sweetgrass Indigenous wisdom scientific knowledge and the teaching of plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer who embraces the notion that plants and animals are our oldest teachers. 
commune with the seasons
Bless this land of my soul now sleeping make whole bring the light I hold dear and awaken a new year
song 4.04 mins

Ostara Spring/vernal equinox

A point of perfect balance on the journey through the Wheel of the Year. Night and day are of equal length and in perfect equilibrium – dark and light, masculine and feminine, inner and outer, in balance. But the year is now waxing and at this moment light defeats the dark. The natural world is coming alive the Sun is gaining in strength and the days are becoming longer and warmer. The gentle whispered promise of Imbolc is fulfilled in the evident and abundant fertility of the Earth at Ostara. It is time for the hopes of Imbolc to become action. The energy is expansive and exuberant. It is the first day of Spring! Ostara takes its name after the Germanic goddess, Eostre/Ostara, who was traditionally honoured in the month of April with festivals to celebrate fertility renewal and re-birth. It was from Eostre that the Christian celebration of Easter evolved

The power of urban trees video 1.15 mins
To show our appreciation for the incredible efforts made by NHS key workers, Trees for Cities and Ecosia have teamed up on the #GrowYourLove initiative to plant trees around NHS hospitals in the UK
Tree of Yoga