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3. BAKE

Welcome to week 3 of '10 for the Trees'.

Are you a tree-mendous baker? We hope so, as this week we’re inviting you to reconnect to Nature through the joy of baking! As well as baking delicious tree-inspired treats for you and your community to enjoy, we're sharing how to start nurturing a reciprocal relationship with Mother Earth with some simple ways to give back to wildlife and cultivate a more Nature-friendly space. Don’t forget to tag and share your beautiful creations with us using #10forthetrees.

Happy baking, and may your heart and kitchen be full of Nature’s magic!

Giving Back to Nature

 

We are Nature and what is good for Nature is good for us.

 

We already know that connecting with the natural world boosts mood, improves mental health, supports the immune system, aids recovery and increases fitness (not to mention its soul-nourishing benefits). So, given everything Nature does for us, this week we’re saying thank you and sharing some tips to start giving back to wildlife in your local area. 

One of the best things you can do for wildlife is to provide water. A shallow bowl is an ideal water source for lots of animals. Placing a few pebbles in the water will ensure insects can safely stop for a drink and escape the water if they accidentally fall in. During dry spells make sure your water bowl is topped up and remember to offer something to drink for the trees and plants too.

If you’d like to do more you could add some bird feeders to your garden or feed them at your local park (if permitted). Bird and bat boxes are great for providing homes for wildlife. You could even DIY your outdoor space to improve access for hedgehogs and plant wildlife-friendly plants.

 

 Click the link below for our beginners' guide to giving back to Nature.

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Tree of the Week: The Hazel Tree

Set aside some time each week to meet a tree in your neighbourhood.

True Cedars are native to mountainous areas in the Himalayas and Mediterranean. Growing to an impressive 35m, they can also be found in parks and gardens in cooler climates, including the UK and USA. Due to their longevity and durability, Cedars symbolise strength and endurance. Additionally, they hold spiritual significance in many cultures and are associated with spiritual protection and purification. Science backs this too, as they have medicinal properties and are known to work well as an insect repellent. 

CHALLENGE:  Spend a moment of calm underneath your tree. Close your eyes and take a deep breath through your nose. What can you smell? The scent of the forest, the smell of the rain, or do some nearby flowers catch your attention? Spend a few moments smelling the air around your tree. You could get close to the bark to see if the smell changes, rub your hands on the leaves and see if any scents are released or use a stick to loosen some soil at the tree’s base and see what scents are hiding there. 

MEET THE TREESISTERS.

Last week we introduced you to our partnership in Kasese, Uganda. But did you know that we have two projects in Uganda? Following the fantastic work of this project and thanks to additional funding from Daughters for Earth, this project has been extended into the Rukoki sub-county. In partnership with the Alpha Women’s Empowerment Initiative (Alpha Women), this project is working to empower women, support agroforestry and prevent soil erosion and deadly landslides in the region. 

In today's spotlight, Alpha Women’s Extension Officer Masika speaks to Biira Matelida who shares her love of trees, what the project means to her, and the importance of a holistic approach to tree planting, which includes education and training.

While we’re in Rukoki, project participant, Muhindo Agnes has chosen to celebrate the Soursop tree.

“I am very happy because I received 52 Seedlings of Soursop tree from Alpha Women Empowerment Initiative in March 2024. I love soursop trees because they give nutritious fruits that support in making the body rich with Vitamin C. Soursoup also has local medicine value because leaves can be cooked and then provide local herbs for controlling headache, diarrhea among old people and among the children. Continuously eating of the fruits of soursop help to make the body smooth. I thank Daughters for Earth, TreeSisters, together with International Tree Foundation for supporting me and my fellow vulnerable women in my community to access this important threatened fruit tree.”

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CHALLENGE: Bake some tasty treats

 

We’re celebrating 10 years of TreeSisters planting projects and what better way to celebrate this milestone than with cake?

 

We’d love to see your creativity, so remember, to tag us with #10fortheTrees on socials. If you’re looking for inspiration, try this vegan fairy cake recipe that you can turn into a forest. 

Want an extra challenge?

 

Hold a bake sale at your school or office and raise funds for TreeSisters!

 

We, the trees and Nature will thank you for it. 

Image by Monika Grabkowska
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