Trees Are The Key

Awareness Week

15-21 March 2021

About Trees Are The Key Awareness Week

For more than a year, people the world over have endured unfathomable loss, sadness and pain. We know that when we head for the trees, they have the power to help us all in a variety of ways. Studies continue to provide evidence that trees have an incredible ability to boost our mental health and our physical wellbeing.
 
During the inaugural Trees Are The Key Awareness Week, we’re going to unlock the science and the secrets behind how our local parks, woodlands and forests can lift our disposition, make us feel better, chill us out, keep us more focused and get our mind, body and spirit back on track.
 

Bookmark the 15th to the 21st March in your diary and join us for 7 days of suggested activities that everyone can enjoy, even those of us who are unable to visit trees in person.

Share News of the Amazing Benefits of Trees

Spread the love about how trees can help our mental health and wellbeing with your social contacts.

Share our beautiful poem on your blog, website or social media channels and don’t forget to include a link back to WordForest.org/week.

We’ve a rectangular HD video, ideal for Facebook and LinkedIn and a square version for Twitter.

If you’d like to include a quote from our team about why we’ve started this campaign, just drop us a line.

Trees Are The Key Awareness Week From The Word Forest Organisation
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Enter Our Free Photo Contest

We’d love to see photos of your favourite trees! 

The winner will be picked on Saturday 20th March and they’ll have 10 trees planted in their name in Kenya.

Take a look at the Terms and Conditions for details of what we’re looking for. All accepted photographs will be displayed on a gallery page during the week. 

Good luck!

*If your image is too big, try an online resizing tool like this one.

The competition is now closed.

The winners have been announced
in this post.

Thank you to everyone that took part.

Let’s do it all again next year!

The Health Benefits of Trees

They’re almost too numerous to mention but here are a few!

During the awareness week itself, we’ll be unlocking the secrets and the science, showing you how to slow down and green up as you connect with the trees in your neighbourhood and favourite places.

Reduce Stress Levels

Reduce Stress Levels

Improve Your Mood

Improve Your Mood

Lower Blood Pressure

Lower Blood Pressure

Raise Energy Levels

Raise Energy Levels

Increase Focus

Increase Focus

Enhance Recovery

Enhance Recovery

Boost Immune System

Boost Immune System

Better Quality Sleep

Better Quality Sleep

Did You Know...

Trees have the ability to boost our immune system
Tip #1
When we're near trees they can lower our blood pressure
Tip #2
Exercising near trees reduces stress-related hormones
Tip #3
Being among the trees allows our brain to focus more
Tip #4
Patients who are able to see trees, recover quicker
Tip #5
Post-op patients who can see trees, take fewer painkillers
Tip #6
Energy levels rise when we're able to enjoy tree time
Tip #7
When we enjoy green spaces, our bodies rest better
Tip #8
When we head for the trees our stress levels decrease
Tip #9
Creative time spent near trees can produce amazing work
Tip #10
Our mental health is positively impacted by trees
Tip #11
Being near trees can unlock a sense of calm within us
Tip #12
Dappled sunlight offers a great way to make Vitamin D
Tip #13
If we allow ourselves more time with trees, we win!
Tip #14
Trees, parks and forests can heal mind, body and spirit
Tip #15
The evocative scents in a forest can boost our wellbeing
Tip #16
Trees trap airborne pollutants and keep our lungs healthy
Tip #17
Trees are living, breathing entities, just like us
Tip #18
15 minutes spent around trees, can improve our mood
Tip #19
Trees reduce urban noise levels through sound deflection
Tip #20
Forest bathing can decrease our feelings of anxiety
Tip #21
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Be a #TreeHero - Do a Fundraiser

If you’re planning on running a fundraiser for us during our Week, we’d love to hear from you!

We can create a bespoke web page to help you, that way every single penny (minus bank charges of course) will come straight to us and will support our work.

Any amount raised will enable us to continue to mitigate climate chaos through tree planting in the topics.

Thank you!

Trees Are The Key Awareness Week is an initiative from UK Registered Charity, The Word Forest Organisation. They are based in Lyme Regis, Dorset and they plant trees, build schools, facilitate education and support women’s empowerment in rural Kenya. Aside from the building, they do much the same in the UK but on a smaller scale.

See their positive impact in action in their documentary #TreesAreTheKey narrated by Kate Winslet.

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For further information get in touch with the team.

Press release, high res images and interviews available upon request.

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It Has Been Our Pleasure

I must confess, creating our first Trees Are The Key Awareness Week for you, has meant the absolute world to us. For me, being part of the Live Feed Editorial Team has been an honour but I wish there had been more hours in the day as we had so much more content we wanted to shoehorn in and share with you.

So many people worked incredibly hard behind the scenes to deliver inspirational articles, videos, graphics, social media posts and more. Very special thanks go out to Clare, Bill, Sue, Helen, Chris, Anna, Fran, Izzy, Lauren, Rachel and Simon to name but a few - what #TreeHeroes you all are!

We hope you've been able to try some of our suggestions and we hope also that you'll think about trees in a different light now. One that shows how incredibly powerful they can be as stabilising and positive influences in our busy lives and how calming and soothing they can be to us when we're sailing on troubled waters.

As we prepare to close the book on our inaugural Trees Are The Key Awareness Week, our final words of thanks go to you for reading our words and sending messages of support.

Simon and I would like to dedicate this final page to an inspirational woman who has taught us both so much about Mother Nature, Miss Valerie Jay. Her dedication to the pursuit (and sharing) of knowledge of trees, flowers and organically grown vegetables, was off the scale of impressive. For over 80 years, she has rolled with all the challenges the seasons presented her with and she has sought joy and perfection in every example of companion growing, possible. Her green fingers and extensive knowledge of botany has been a joy to learn from. Her garden, an ever changing palette of uplifting colour and scent. Here are a tiny handful of images snapped from her garden that we hope will make you smile.

We must work with Mother Nature and the seasons. There is a time to plant, a time to grow, a time to harvest and a time to go.

As my dear friend Davina Utting says: 'It doesn't matter how many orchards you plant; without bees there will be no apples'.

Tracey and The Team

Two people jumping by Jill Wellington of Pexels

Our Photo Competition Winner

After a truly joyous week celebrating the utter incrediblness of trees, it's time for a final drum roll: ddddddddd...

We are absolutely delighted to announce the winners (plural) of our inaugural Trees Are The Key Awareness Week photography competition. Yep, I know, the original plan was for there to be one prize but we had so many wonderful entries and each of the trees had so many endearing features.

The judging panel put the kettle on and made an executive decision. As it was so difficult deciding which single photograph best encapsulated the breathtaking beauty, enduring strength and sheer wonderfulness of trees, we thought we'd have three prizes instead. Each winner will have ten trees planted in their name in Kenya and probably soon, as the seasonal rains are blessing the region and moistening the ground once more, which makes planting a far easier process.

In alphabetical order of surname, the first tree that made us all sigh and smile was from Amy Bale. It shows a pure and simple love for what those trees and that forest mean to her. With a smile a mile wide, her arm embracing the trunk and a message declaring trees being the key to so much more than mitigating climate chaos, it just won our hearts over. My word, what a fabulous place that forest must be to run through!

Amy Bale - Germany

Secondly, Michael Redrobo snapped this picture and it stopped us all in our tracks. The history locked inside it, the seasons that have all their secrets bound into the inner rings and the style that Mother Nature herself decided to weave into the trunk and branches, won this tree a worthy place in our contest. How I'd love to sit alongside it, drink tea from my flask and just write.

Michael Redrobo - Scotland

Finally, this fabulous entry from Ivor Smith. The reason this one spoke so loudly to us was because of the resilience this tree showed through challenging seasons with all the elements giving it a run for its money. It stood strong, grew tall and bent gracefully, like a ballet dancer letting the difficulties that beset it, blow over it.

Ivor Smith - England

Our heartfelt thanks and congratulations go to everyone who entered - you are all #TreeHeroes in our books.

With your kind assistance, we'll make this ten times bigger next year and we'll probably need a dozen judges too! Every tree is a winner for our planet, every last one of them! I hope our awareness week has helped you to see them all in a brighter light.

Thank you for all you do to celebrate them too.

Simon, Tracey and The Team

Photo Competition Shortlist

Our photo competition is now closed and the entries are being judged. We were delighted with the quality of pictures which came in and it has been a really difficult job to whittle them down to our favourites.

However, ahead of the final announcement, we would like to share with you the shortlisted images we have narrowed it down to.

Make your own choice of the picture that best depicts our Trees Are The Key Awareness Week, then pop back at 6pm today to see who we picked as the winner!

Mouse in the woods by Ryan Stone on Unsplash

Day Seven: The Best Laid Plans

In 1786, the incredible writer Robert Burns penned a poem that spoke about how, whilst ploughing a field, a mouse's nest was upturned. The poem was essentially an apology to the mouse for the inconvenience it has suffered.

One of the most recognisable lines from this particular poem was rinsed, repeated, tweaked and revived in a book I read and loved as a child for my English O'Level: John Steinbeck's 1937 novel, Of Mice and Men. He references the notion that, whatever careful plans are made, things don't always go as expected.

The best laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men gang aft agley
The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry

Robert Burns / John steinbeck, respectively

So many of us had such wonderful plans for 2020. A great many of them went - to use an apt tree-based analogy - pear-shaped. Our charity had several aspirations for 2020 too: moving into our first office, securing major donors who could help us scale up our planting operations and take on staff, finding more Corporate Partners who wanted to green up their practices and more besides.

We moved into premises on the 1st January and by the end of the first quarter, we had scattered some of our volunteers into mini-offices in their homes and mastered front crawl with all of our meetings in a tempestuous digital ocean. It was a gargantuan challenge, one that we wouldn't have got through without your unwavering support - thank you.

Tracey at the office

Part of the raison d'etre behind Trees Are The Key Awareness Week was our wish to create a point of recognition and celebration of those amazing things we're surrounded by, yet there aren't enough of: trees. We wanted to fill 7 days with suggestions to assist you to get through challenging times by stepping into nature and connecting with trees. We hope we've achieved that.

For an inaugural event, with skeleton human resources to drive it, we believe the topics we've covered in our articles and videos, have presented people with an official hook to hang their own nature-based ideas on, one that shows it's not bonkers to connect with the trees, on the contrary, it's a brilliant idea! Being near trees has scientifically proven benefits to our mental and physical health and wellbeing.

It's our overriding hope you've started to, or you've deepened your connection with trees.

Image by Leah Kelley on Pexels.jpg

On a personal note, I had plans to share a few more items with you yesterday but life threw me three wicked, undodgable curve balls. I had to sit comfortably with a hopeful thought that I'd done enough to keep you inspired to connect with the trees near you. Unsurprisingly, during one of my most challenging moments yesterday, I managed to walk briefly amongst the trees and they soothed me.

Trees aren't a cure all for deep-seated pain or endless difficulties - how I wish they were - but they undoubtedly offer countless ways to lighten our loads. They are part of my prescription to myself for wellness - I hope you now share that view.

We've received wonderful notes from participants who have given our ideas a try. We'd love to hear about your experiences through Trees Are The Key Awareness Week - if you'd like to share them with us, please drop us a line. If you're happy for us to share them - anonymously if you wish - that would be marvellous.

Do enjoy the final day of Trees Are The Key Awareness Week - we hope our offerings this year have been beneficial to you, if so, you're going to love what we're already planning for 2022!

Hang on in there, with the trees.

Photo competition gallery

Day Six: Saturday 20th March

Good Morning Tree Lovers, Everywhere!

Did you have a bit of a lie in this morning? If you did, I hope you found a few moments to ponder some of the topics we’ve raised over the past few days. 

Sometimes we need calm, quiet space to chew new ideas over before we can put them in place. I hope you find a pocket of time today to do just that.

Today, I’m thrilled to present our penultimate post of the Week, giving you a last gentle prod to submit a photo to our free to enter contest. The winner will be drawn on Sunday: Win 10 Trees Planted in Your Name With a Photo.

Consider slowing down your pace today - the weekends should always be made of elastic time.

Man standing on a tree branch by Lukas Rodriguez from Pexels

The Last Post

The weekend is nearly here. The sun is set to rise on Saturday morning at 6.14am in Langmoor Gardens near our UK HQ in Lyme Regis, Dorset. Our Team will be up with the larks, capturing photos of the sunrise through the trees for our gallery. We’ll post our favourite in the Live Feed later.

If you’re an early bird, why not capture the day breaking through the branches of a tree near you. Send an entry to our free to enter photo contest and everyone will be able to enjoy it.The winner will be chosen Saturday evening and showcased in our gallery. The winner will also have 10 trees planted in their name in Kenya. Click for the Terms and Conditions of the contest - you’ve got to be in it, to win it!

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Are You Rub-bish at Tree Identification?

If all trees are to you, are those amazing tall, branchy things, some of which have blossom, others have nuts, a few are green and leafy all year but you don't know all the rules and are hopeless at identifying them, don't worry, it's all good!

You're not alone.

Loving them because they are, what they are, is just fine. However, if you'd like to broaden your knowledge we've found a smashing resource from BBC Wildlife Magazine. It's called: How to identify a tree by its bark. Using their super-useful tree bark identification guide, you'll soon be able to work out the differences between some of the UK's most common trees.

It might be fun to collect a few bark rubbings on your walks to help you remember what's what and I suspect by now, you'll have got my play on words in the title of this short update... lol... rub-bish...

Have fun!

Photo of laughter by Benigno Hoyuela on Unsplash

Laughter: Did You Know?

What a wonderfully good medicine it is!

Today's Live Sunrise Broadcast on our Facebook feed focused on laughter. Tracey and Simon had a complete gigglefest as they explored what laughter does to us on a physiological and mental scale.

Why not click the link above to listen to it as you make breakfast and start your day, then ponder on what makes you giggle or titter or break into fits of rib-tickling laughter.

There's heaps of scientific research backing up their claims about how good it is for us. A teeny tiny Internet search found these:

What would happen if you combined laughter therapy whilst being amongst the trees? That surely has to give you a souped up boost of internal good!

Our Team certainly felt it this morning and they'll be back tomorrow to explore another aspect of how wonderful tree are for us. Until then, here are a few cracking photos of giggling amid the trees to fire up your chuckle muscles.

Clare Nasir interviewing Tom Watson

Day Five: Friday 19th March

Good Morning Tree Lovers, Everywhere!

Goodness me, it’s Friday, frequently the last day of the working week for many. If you have been busy and struggled to find time to pause and step into nature, I hope you’ll be able to manage it over the weekend.

Before we dive into Saturday however, we’ve got the whole of today to play with first.

I’m sure you’re going to love today’s literary offering. It’s another brilliant interview from our Patron, Clare Nasir, with Tom Watson - don't miss it!

Might I suggest you pop the kettle on before you dive in, then after you've enjoyed the video, have a scroll back over our Live Feed to check out any bits you may have missed earlier in the week.

More soon!

The Last Post

The sun is set to rise on Friday morning at 6.16am in Langmoor Gardens near our UK HQ in Lyme Regis, Dorset. Our Team will be up with the larks, capturing photos of the sunrise through the trees for our gallery. We’ll post our favourite in the Live Feed later.

If you’re an early bird, why not capture the day breaking through the branches of a tree near you. Send an entry to our free to enter photo contest and everyone will be able to enjoy it.

The winner will be chosen Saturday evening and showcased in our gallery. The winner will also have 10 trees planted in their name in Kenya. Click for the Terms and Conditions of the contest - you’ve got to be in it, to win it! 

Head For The Trees Tees

You Wear it Well

It's always lovely to have a memento from a special event and if you're enjoying our Week, you might be interested to check these out.

We're thrilled to reveal three specially commissioned 100% organic cotton, vegan friendly items of gorgeousness to celebrate Trees Are The Key Awareness Week, the theme for this year has been Head For The Trees.

Head for the Trees Tees
Head For The Trees 03 Front
Head For The Trees 01 White

Every single purchase gets you a stunning item of clothing that fits right into the circular fashion scene. It also results in the planting of a tree in Kenya. Click here to visit our shop or click on the picture of your favourite tee above - don' forget to take a proper good look at our funky new back logo for cool, green cats everywhere.

The Word Forest's Stance on Consumerism

Our Core Team are passionate environmentalists who walk the walk and talk the talk. They're an amazing bunch with quite firmly fixed non-consumerist leanings. We feel so strongly about it as a charity, we actively encourage people not to buy lots of items from our charity shop, but rather to pick one or two products they'd really like and to enjoy them fully. We recognise that as a charity, ethical merchandise forms a very important part of our fundraising strategy. However, we stand by our principles and belief that the planet would breathe a sigh of relief if more people adopted a positive, proud stance on living with less. Please enjoy perusing our products, buying something lovely if it takes your fancy, enjoying it until it becomes tired, then return it, whereupon it'll be dismantled as a tee shirt and turned into another garment called a Remill - thank you.

Great British Trees - The Chestnut

Delivering the Forest to You!

When we allow ourselves to listen to the sounds of nature - birdsong in the trees and so on - it affects the bodily systems that control our flight-or-fright and our rest-digest autonomic nervous systems. These have associated effects in the resting activity of our brain. Translated into lay terms, when we tune into the forest sounds, our minds and bodies chill out!

If you enjoyed our Live Webcam Feed to Tsavo East National Park in Kenya the other day, I'm sure you're going to love this. That Kenyan wildlife feed has an incredibly addictive element to it! One moment, you're watching the elephants emerging from the trees, heading to the waterhole to cool down and refresh themselves, the next, you're viewing lions. It can get a bit too exciting and your pulse might rise in anticipation as you watch and wait for the next visitor!

Robin

Here's a great option if you want to slow your heart rate down a touch. It's especially wonderful if you're unable to get to any significant green spaces or woodland. The other bonus of our recommendation is it's available on prescription 24 hours a day.

Click here to immerse yourself in 2 delightful hours of relaxing bird song captured by Petar Paunchev aka The Silent Watcher. The piece was recorded in 2017 in an ancient beech forest, the Central Balkan National Park in Bulgaria.

If you like this video, you're probably going to love his channel: it's jam-packed with lots of other sounds from the forest, including nightingale singing, exotic birds in a tropical forest and birdsong in the bluebell woods (my favourite).

Tune in, sit down, close your eyes and it's not hard at all to imagine yourself there amid the trees. It's forest bathing from a distance, I know, and whilst it's not quite the real thing, it still ticks lots of the right (bird) boxes.

NB: Click here to read the paper in Science Daily on The Sound of Nature Helps Us Relax.

Aerial view of a forest

Day Four: Thursday 18th March

Good morning tree lovers, everywhere!

Day Four is well and truly upon us already.

Did you know, there are 2 extra minutes of daylight today than there were yesterday? What are you going to spend them doing to celebrate Trees Are The Key Awareness Week?

For your cerebral delight, we have another thought provoking piece today. It’s from Professor Bill McGuire, our Special Scientific Advisor, entitled: Forests – The Heart and Lungs of the Planet.

As you know, there’s more where that came from - see you at the same time tomorrow for another.

tree bark

The Last Post

The sun is set to rise on Thursday morning at 6.18am in Langmoor Gardens near our UK HQ in Lyme Regis, Dorset.

Our Team will be up with the larks again, capturing photos of the sunrise through the trees for our gallery. We’ll post our favourite in the Live Feed later.

If you’re an early bird, why not capture the daylight breaking through the branches of a tree near you. Send an entry to our free to enter photo contest and everyone will be able to enjoy it.

The winner will be chosen Saturday evening and showcased in our gallery. The winner will also have 10 trees planted in their name in Kenya. Click for the Terms and Conditions of the contest - you’ve got to be in it, to win it!

PS: Here are a couple taken by our Team in Lyme Regis, earlier today.

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Today’s Vibrant Video Meeting Background

I don’t know about you, but big art has an amazing ability to clear my mind. I think this image is gorgeous, full of luscious blues and greens, just like our planet.

If you like the picture, it’s all yours, my tree loving friend!

We have a gallery full of video backgrounds that you can download and use to brighten up your meetings. They’re more fun than a plain wall and they prevent anyone from seeing any piles of ironing you haven’t done, or dusting, or washing up... #bonus.

If you like this image, it’s free to download. Check out the full range here.

Poetry photo by Yeong K Yeong Lee on Unsplash

Say Hi to the Haiku’s

We're blessed to have a talented Team of volunteers behind us, all working tirelessly to deliver great content to you through Trees Are The Key Awareness Week.

One such soul is Izzy Robertson. She's the Literary Trustee and curator of editorial content at The Word Forest Organisation. Izzy is also an accomplished fantasy fiction author who has also been known to pen and perform her poetry and prose. She writes great articles too.

Here are a few of her Haiku's to celebrate our week - thank you Izzy!

Just stop. Take a breath.
Find quiet in the chaos.
Trust in this moment.

In this time of change
feel your feet firmly planted
the earth will hold you

We are thankful for
The Mothers Of The Forest
Planting our future

Near the equator
The trees grow much faster so
That’s where we plant them

Photo of creative writing in the trees by Amaury Gutierrez on Unsplash

A Poetic Note

Today's Live broadcast at sunrise in the park, focused on how writing out your darkness can help to level you out when you're going through the mill. In the video, Tracey talked about poetry but in truth, any form of creative writing has the power to help.

It doesn't have to be a poem, it doesn't have to rhyme, it can just be a stream of conscious thought or whatever works for you. If you take a notebook to the park and just sit quietly in the company of trees, you might be astonished by the writing you produce.

Speaking of which, we've had a beautiful poem sent in by one of our supporters, Anna Twells and I figured you fine folks might enjoy it too - thanks Anna:

Gentle Giants swaying in the air
Colours changing everywhere
From Flaming reds to bottled greens  
Seize the light and the winter breeze 
With eyes that see their worth 
before they leave this precious earth

Keep the birds and butterflies 
Dancing leaves in the breeze
Echo sounds of the seas
With the sweetest song that fills the air
Now is the time we need to care

I hope we understand 
Why they have to be
How they offer us our sanity
And let our breath be free

Shadows cast across the hills
Blotting out the burning spills
Where happy memories are made
Countless Stars that brightly blaze
Only this one can give us these precious days

Clare Nasir and Tony Juniper

Day Three: Wednesday 17th March

Good Morning Tree Lovers, Everywhere!

Hey ho, here we go. It’s Day Three of (a spectacular) Seven in our inaugural Trees Are The Key Awareness Week - it’s nice to see you again.

We’re almost halfway through the week. To be honest, I can’t believe how quickly talking about slowing down is going.

Today’s offering in our news feed is another cracker, but it's not an article, it's an interview conducted by our Patron, Clare Nasir. You'll undoubtedly recognise her from broadcasting the weather on our television screens, but she's also an author and an accomplished broadcaster, as well as a Met Office meteorologist and a passionate environmentalist.

Clare talks to Tony Juniper, Chairman of Natural England campaigner, writer, sustainability adviser and well-known British environmentalist. The interview has been made exclusively for The Word Forest Organisation and we're delighted. In it, Tony talks about some of his projects and feelings about trees - don't miss it.

I hope it sets a great tone for you this morning and that you enjoy the rest of your day. More soon...

Tracey at the watering hole

Sights and Sounds of the Kenyan Bush

Over the past 12 months, there have been many times when I've packed a suitcase in my head and transported myself 5,000 miles away to our tree planting projects in Kenya.

Kenya by day is amazing, by night, it's a whole new world full of nocturnal creatures and symphonies of sound. The wee small hours can still be hot and humid but the night choirs frequently soothe you into a deep sleep.

I've found a way to take you to Tsavo East National Park. It's a biodiversity wonderland and you can experience all manner of wildlife in it's natural habitat, including the famous Big Five: lion, black rhino, cape buffalo, elephant and leopard. Tsavo East is also home to an enormous array of bird life, including the black kite, crowned crane, lovebirds and the sacred ibis.

Click here to visit a 24-hour watering hole webcam. Just have it on in the background while you go about your daily business - the sounds alone are incredible. Even if there's nothing to see at the time you visit... there will be soon, in fact, as I type, there's a herd of about 25 elephants, babies too! Tune into the wilderness, watch the creatures drinking and refreshing themselves and let the sounds of nature get into your very bloodstream and relax you.

sunrise at Lyme Regis

Have You Visited the Gallery?

Oh my word, you are a creative bunch! The pictures we’ve received for our free to enter photo contest, are smashing.

We’ve received entries from all over the world of trees at sunset, through the mornings, in the afternoons, early evenings and at sunset. As quickly as we're putting them up, another arrives via the contest portal.

Thanks for digging out your favourite old tree pics and for taking news ones. Not only does the gallery look wonderful, it's helping us chill out at the office during our exceptionally busy week. Better still, we've received word that your images are also helping folks who - for a variety of reasons - cannot get out and about so easily - thank you for spreading the word about the initiative on your social platforms.

If you need a prescription to de-stress yourself today, pay an enjoyable visit at least once a day to breeze through our curated tree art. Click here and take a slow, wander through the virtual Word Forest... and breathe...

Today’s Vibrant Video Meeting Background

The sky at night has the power to mesmerise us all.

How wonderful it is knowing there’s less pollution between us and the stars, as a result of all the trees we’re planting?

If you like this image, don’t forget, it’s free to download and use in your next video meeting. It's our gift to you for being a planet lover - we like planet lovers.

Check out the full range right here, download the ones that catch your eye and use them to your heart's content.

I know it can be a bit changeable, but the night time weather is looking fairly steady here in the South West for the next few days (famous last words). If you get an opportunity to stand still, breathe a while and just look up at the stars, do.

Looking up to the sky through the tree canopy

Day Two: Tuesday 16th March

Good Morning Tree Lovers, Everywhere!

It’s great to welcome you all back to the Live Feed.

I'm armed with coffee and biscuits, so buckle yourselves in for a slow ride. Here we go with Day Two of Trees Are The Key Awareness Week. By the way, we hope Day One hit the mark - if you enjoyed it, drop us a line and let us know what you thought the best bits were.

Today’s article is poised, ready and waiting for you to drink the words in. It’s a fantastic piece by Rachel Baxter from our Editorial Team on The Health Benefits of Trees.

Tracey and Simon are back from their sunrise tree walk and are just downloading their photos - we'll pop a few pictures up in the (soon-to-launch) gallery! Oops... I don't think I was supposed to tell you about that just yet... I'm rubbish at secrets, it's brilliant, you're going to love it! More soon.

sunset behind trees by Gilberto Olimpio on Unsplash

The Last Post

The sun is set to rise on Tuesday morning at 6.23am in Langmoor Gardens near our UK HQ in Lyme Regis, Dorset. Our Team will be up with the larks, capturing photos of the sunrise through the trees for our gallery. We’ll post our favourite in the Live Feed later.

If you’re an early bird, why not capture the day breaking through the branches of a tree near you.

Send an entry to our free to enter photo contest and everyone will be able to enjoy it. The winner will be chosen Saturday evening and showcased in our gallery.

The winner will also have 10 trees planted in their name in Kenya. Click for the Terms and Conditions of the contest - you’ve got to be in it, to win it!

2 children with their hands in the air happy

Tucked Away in our Video Library…

...I found this and I reckon it's right up your street.

It's a 1 minute video about the dogwood taken from our Great British Trees series.

I say 'it' actually, there are lots of short videos in this informative set - 25 to be precise. Whenever I need a little boost, I pop a few on and in my mind's eye, I imagine I'm out in the fresh air, stood alongside the trees.

If you like them, feel free to share them on your social platforms. They were masterfully compiled and created by our amazing volunteer, Anna Parkinson.

I'll pop a handful of my favourites up through the week to give you a breath of fresh air too and to help you power through the afternoon.

Image by Ketut Subiyanto on Pexels

It’s a Walk in the Park

Houston, we have a problem. The Team took a vote and they can't decide on their favourite photo from Tracey and Simon's walk in the park this morning.

What do you think? Drop us a line and let us know.

Today’s Vibrant Video Meeting Background…

...is this, a breathtaking bunch of roses, which of course, come from trees too. If you like this image, don’t forget, it’s free to download and use as a background in your next video meeting. Check out the full range here.

I don’t know about you but I can smell them from here. Interestingly, there are more and more producers of sustainably grown roses in the UK than you might have realised.

If you have a moment, do an Internet search for "sustainably grown flowers UK" and it’ll set you off on the right foot.

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We’re in the Local News…

The newspaper local to Lyme Regis, Lyme Online has featured our Awareness week.

We're also listed in a few online calendars... https://www.publicholidayguide.com/awareness-day/trees-are-the-key-week-2021/ and  https://ecothriftyliving.com/environmental-awareness-days-weeks-and-months (scroll down to March)

If you know of anywhere else that mentions it,  drop us a line! Better still, contact your local paper and tell them it's on. Direct them here: https://www.wordforest.org/week#press

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Day One: Monday 15th March

Good Morning Tree Lovers, Everywhere!

Welcome to Day One of Trees Are The Key Awareness Week

We’ve been moving and shaking since 6am. I’ve just pressed the go button on a fantastic article from Sue Jueno: Fun Things to do Around Trees.

Phew - that’s thing one on Day One, done. Everything seems to be working well so far and this is probably the perfect time to give a massive thank you shout out to our Digital and IT Guru, Simon.

We have lots more content lined up for later - brace yourself!

Hammock in the forest by independentwolf from Pixabay

Ready, Steady, Nearly Time to Say GO!

Click here to find out what our CEO Tracey had to say about our first Trees Are The Key Awareness Week and to get yourself all fired up about what’s heading your way in the coming 7 days.

Don’t get too fired up. The last thing we want is for you to have a bad night’s sleep thinking about what we’re going to reveal about how to have a better night’s sleep!

If you ask me, I think our Team will sleep like babies tonight, it has been a looooong week.

Everything will be kicking off on here from a little after 6am

Sleep well, tree lovers, everywhere.

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Visual Gorgeousness For Your Video Calls Next Week

Let’s face it, if you didn’t know what video calls were before 2020, you sure do now!

Personally, I’ve been advocating for business people to use video conferencing for many years. As far as the planet is concerned, it’s surely better to meet up with colleagues and contacts virtually, rather than hopping on planes and other forms of transport if you don’t need to.

We’re all hoping frequent travellers in the business world will consider making this planet friendly option, their first option in the future.

The only problem with firing the computer up when we’re working from home, is sometimes we show a little bit more than we planned… little piles of ironing, dusting, you get my drift.

We’ve got the perfect solution for that! Vibrant Video Backgrounds.

Guess what? We made you a great big batch of them, featuring stunning photos of wildlife and landscapes. These particular backgrounds also celebrate Trees Are The Key Awareness Week.

Click here to take a look at them and download your favourite ones - free of charge, naturally!

...there’s more where they came from...

Sunrise over misty hills by Pexels from Pixabay

Start the Day by Celebrating the Sunrise

The sun is set to rise tomorrow morning at 6.25am in Langmoor Gardens near our UK HQ in Lyme Regis, Dorset. Our Team will be up with the larks, capturing photos of the sunrise through the trees for our gallery. We’ll post our favourite in the Live Feed later.

If you’re an early bird, why not capture the day breaking through the branches of a tree near you. Send an entry to our free to enter photo contest and everyone will be able to enjoy it.

The winner will be chosen Saturday evening and showcased in our gallery. The winner will also have 10 trees planted in their name in Kenya. Click for the Terms and Conditions of the contest - you’ve got to be in it, to win it!

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What’s It All About?

Good morning and welcome to our little taster day before the official kick off of our Trees Are The Key Awareness Week.

I’ve quite literally just sat down with a cup of tea after pressing the publish button of a piece from our CEO and co-founder, Tracey West: Introducing Trees Are The Key Awareness Week
It spills the beans on why this week exists and what our Team hopes will be achieved by running it.

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Trees Are The Key Awareness Week Countdown

There are just 24 hours to go until the inaugural  Trees Are The Key Awareness Week starts.

Visit here to take part in all the activity throughout the week.