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1. GROW

Welcome to week 1 of '10 for the Trees'.

It's week one and we’re thrilled you have committed to spending 10 minutes in Nature each day for the next 10 weeks.

Did you know that spending time in Nature can help increase your connection with the natural world, support your health AND boost your mood? There are so many positives when you commit to reconnecting with your roots. Check out our tips, activities and challenges below to help you achieve your daily 10 minutes this week.

Good luck and have fun!

Celebrate the Sun!

 

Recently we celebrated the Summer Solstice, marking the halfway point of our journey around the sun. While it's thankfully not time to unpack the warmer clothes, the days start to get a little shorter from this point on. 

This week, why not spend your 10 minutes in Nature with the sunrise or sunset? Studies have shown that gazing at a sunset reduces the stress hormone cortisol. The vibrant colours trigger the release of dopamine, a feel-good neurotransmitter that boosts mood and motivation. Notice the colours in the sky, the shapes of the shadows thrown and the effects of the changing light on the trees and plants around you.

If you’d prefer to connect during the day, spend 10 minutes feeling its warmth on your skin and observing the shadows cast at different times of day. To get the kids involved, try your hand at some shadow art using our guide on our Family Activities page.

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Image by Nikola Knezevic

Tree of the Week: The Oak Tree

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

Oak trees, key in solstice folklore, are notable for their impressive height, reaching up to 70 feet with a spread of 150 feet. While oak trees typically live for about 200 years, they can live up to 1,000 years! Oak trees symbolise strength, wisdom, courage, and endurance. They also support wildlife by producing acorns - vital for animals like squirrels and birds. 

CHALLENGE: Take a walk and notice the trees around you. When you feel drawn to a particular tree, take a closer look. Observe the leaves, bark, roots, and any wildlife. Step back and appreciate the tree as a whole, noticing how the details form part of a larger system. You don't need to identify the tree, but if you want to, take pictures or sketch the leaves, flowers, and bark to look up later.


Bonus points if you spot this week's tree of the week. In the UK, look for sessile or English oak. In the US, look for white or red oak.

MEET THE TREESISTERS.

This week, we’re shining a light on Gunung Palung National Park in Borneo where our partners Health in Harmony (HIH) and local partner Alam Sehat Lestari (ASRI) are working to restore extraordinary peat swamp habitat. Watch a video message above from Timah, a TreeSister involved in the project to learn more about her experiences and love for Nature.

While we're in Borneo let's celebrate the Ubah tree.

 

Hendriadi (pictured right) - is a Coordinator at Yayasan Alam Sehat Lestari (ASRI) told us: “Among the many trees that live in the forests of Kalimantan, the ubah tree (Eugenia spp.) is unique because it can thrive in peat swamp forests, which are almost constantly flooded and have acidic soil.

 

The Ubah tree also produces fruit that serves as a primary food source for endangered animals such as the orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) and the helmeted hornbill (Rhinoplax vigil), as well as other important wildlife in the forest.”

(C) Health In Harmony

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CHALLENGE:

 

Grow 10 plants:

This week we're setting you the loft goal of growing 10 plants from seed or cuttings.

 

Summer is a great time to start some late seeds or to take cuttings from your plants while they are full and healthy. Take cuttings of your favourite garden or house plants, pot them up, and watch them grow. For further support check out our guide here.

 

Once your seedlings or cuttings have been taken, you could:Spread the joy by gifting some of your new cuttings to friends, or arranging a plant swap in your neighbourhood.

 

Fundraise for TreeSisters! Gather all your plant cuttings and seedlings to sell at school or your office.If growing 10 new plants feels like a stretch, you can still spend time helping 10 plants to grow. Watering, pruning and talking to plants are all valuable ways to care for Nature.

Image by Markus Spiske

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