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2. EXPLORE

It's Week 2 of '10 for the Trees'.

It's week two and we’re getting out on the trails this week! A huge well done to everyone who participated in our planting challenge last week. Don’t forget to tag us in your pictures using #10forthetrees.

 

We’d love to see how your seedlings or cuttings are getting on. 

We hope you enjoy journeying into the heart of Nature!

Listen to Nature’s song


This week we’re tuning into Nature’s song by inviting you to spend 10 minutes listening to the Nature sounds around you. Did you know that listening to Nature aids relaxation and reduces anxiety? Bird song, in particular, is a proven stress reliever and helps focus and calm the mind.

How does the soundscape outside your house compare to your local park or woodland? What catches your attention? Can you hear birds, insects, or wind in the trees? What about cars, planes, children playing, phones ringing? While it may feel counterintuitive, we are all part of Nature and these are an important part of your natural soundscape. 

 

 

You may choose to be silent and listen or join in and add your own sound to your natural soundscape. Perhaps a whispered greeting to the plants, a howl that echoes through the hills, or you could strike up a rhythm using sticks.

 

Want an extra challenge? The dawn chorus is still in full swing so for a real musical hit, try getting up with the sun and listening to the beautiful song of your neighbourhood birds.

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Tree of the Week: The Hazel Tree

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

Hazel trees, known for their symbolic wisdom and inspiration, are wind-pollinated. They produce catkins in late winter to early spring which release pollen and fertilise the female flowers, leading to hazelnuts. Different parts of the hazel tree have been used for medicinal purposes. For example, hazel bark and leaves have been used to treat ailments like fevers and skin irritations.

 

CHALLENGE: This week, we are exploring through the sense of touch. You may choose to revisit the same tree as last week or to see which tree calls to you today. Use your hand to feel the texture of the bark and reach up into the canopy to feel the leaves. You could try taking off your shoes and feeling the roots and ground with your feet. What textures can you pick out? Does it feel as you expected? For a visual representation of the feel of your tree, have a go at our bark-rubbing activity through the Family Activities page below.

Looking to branch out further? See if you can spot this week's tree of the week - a hazel tree. The bark of the hazel tree is a smooth brown-grey. Leaves are round with a toothed edge and a pointed tip. Leaves are hairy and feel soft to the touch.

MEET THE TREESISTERS.

We’re in Uganda! This week, we’ve been talking to our partners Alpha Women Empowerment Initiative and the International Tree Foundation. Based in Kasese, Uganda, the project not only restores vital landscape and habitats but also strongly focuses on gender equity and women’s empowerment as a key part of landscape restoration. Beatrace Mbambu shares her thoughts on the project in this exclusive update above.

As part of our visit, we celebrate the musizi tree, selected by Alpha Woman beneficiary, Biira Deborah (below). Here’s what she had to say.

“My name is Biira Deborah. I have 35 years and I live in Bulembia Division, Kasese District, Uganda. I am a beneficiary of Alpha Women Empowerment Initiative in her activities being implemented in Bulembia Division. I was trained on the good agronomic practices of tree planting and I was given 71 musizi trees seedlings which I planted in and around my garden.  I like having good nature. I Like the Umbrella shape of Musizi tree which is good for protecting the environment, making the soil fertile, and also good for providing habitat to wild animals and birds. Thank you Alpha Women Empowerment Initiative for supporting me to grow Musizi trees.”

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CHALLENGE: Explore a Trail

Spend a little longer with Nature this week by exploring a local trail.

 

You don’t need to dust off your hiking boots, this could be a route through your local park, a nearby woodland or a footpath through the countryside. You may explore through movement (walking, running, wheeling, climbing) or stillness (sitting, watching, listening, smelling). However you choose to explore your trail, we’d love to see it so don’t forget to tag us using #10forthetrees.

For an extra challenge, why not set yourself a target of exploring 10 local trails in 10 days? If you’d like to take on the challenge and fundraise for TreeSisters, see our fundraising or JustGiving pages.

Image by Alex Larusso

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