A massive project to restore the woodland heart of England. Forests are disappearing at an alarming rate throughout the world, yet it is trees which maintain the delicate balance of the planet’s ecosystems. Tree reduction is self-destruction so projects like this give some hope. The opening quote is from one of Felix Dennis’s poems.
The Insane Edge
|“Whosoever plants a tree,
winks at immortality.”
English oak, sessile oak,
Our children’s children will wander,
20th September 2013 – headline from the Guardian.
Notes: “Felix Dennis plants his millionth tree.” “I’m hoping that, long after I’m dead, the charity I founded will one day be the proud possessor of 25,000 acres of woodland planted with 10 million native broad-leafed trees, completely open to the public,” said Felix Dennis after the millionth tree was planted. The project, founded in 2011, is a partnership between Dennis and the Heart of England Forest charity, which aims to plant and preserve a large native broadleaf forest in South Warwickshire, stretching from the ancient borders of the Forest of Arden – also known as Shakespeare’s Forest – south to the Vale of Evesham.
- Felix Dennis plants his millionth tree (theguardian.com)
- Felix Dennis: The poet inside a Sixties radical turned multimillionaire (independent.co.uk)