The Careers Service and The Word Forest Organisation

Two students together wearing masks in online meetings by Maxime on Unsplash

We are thrilled to present a guest post by Corina Lacurezeanu from the Careers Service at Oxford University about how the pandemic has altered the way they provide their services and led to new and fruitful collaborations. ‘In March 2020, the Careers Service at Oxford University closed its office temporarily and overnight moved all its […]

Add Your Voice to Joannah Stutchbury Petition – Protecting Kiambu Forest

From her Facebook page: Joannah Stutchbury fighting to protect Kiambu Forest

You may have seen on our website last week the news of the horrific murder of Kenyan environmentalist Joannah Stutchbury, who appears to have been targeted for that very reason – being an environmentalist. Needless to say, it has shocked us all to the core (read our recent article: Another Murdered Environmentalist, here). Joannah was […]

Training For The Mothers Of The Forest

Mothers of the Forest making mats

It is with great delight that we bring you news of a recent training course run for our women’s empowerment group, the Mothers Of The Forest. Women are the backbone of the tree planting community in Kenya. Pre pandemic, the Mothers Of The Forest met twice a month to have a meal, receive and share […]

The Difference Community Groups Can Make: A Spotlight On Dorset Climate Action Network

Colmers Hill by Colin Tracy

A community group: a group of people who work for the benefit of the public, particularly in their local area. Community groups, fortunately, are numerous, and diverse in their raisons d’etre. Sports clubs, health support groups, community orchards and fridges, sustainability organisations, First Responders… once you start thinking about them, the list is endless. Thank […]

Can Volunteering Really Change Your Life?

Bethany Martin with some of her designs

We are really lucky at The Word Forest Organisation; we have the most extraordinary group of dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers who give us their time and energy in ways too many and varied to list here. The charity would not be able to achieve what it does without them. It seems that volunteering with TWFO […]

The Novice Allotmenteer

Allotment 2021

The sound of the blackbird’s song accompanies me as I fill the watering cans.  The glug of the water tank temporarily drowns out its chorus but it soon returns as I walk back to my plot, carrying these liquid weights. Sometimes it is replaced by the wind rushing through the tall trees. As mindfulness goes, […]

The Warming Stripes of Kenya

Warming Stripes for Kenya

Monday the 21st of June was #ShowYourStripes Day, as created by IPCC author, Professor Ed Hawkins of the University of Reading. Ed is a climate scientist, especially interested in climate variability, predictability and uncertainty. He’s enthusiastic about the public understanding of climate science, especially via famous historical scientists. Ed is the lead scientist for and also […]

We Get By With a Little Help From Our Friends

Small Charity Week 2021

Small Charity Week 2021 has been running all this week; supporting and raising awareness of small charities across the country, it makes a big difference to organisations such as ours. We thought it would be good to give a shout out to all the partners and organisers of the week, particularly today as the last […]