How lucky are we to share this planet with trees? Trees give us so much. They give humans and other animals shelter and shade, some give us medicines, food, building materials, they remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and they help mitigate flooding by reducing and slowing floodwater. Above all, trees give us a very special dynamic beauty that changes throughout the year. From a filigree branch form, to buds and blossom, to fresh green leaves, to autumnal colours and back to bare branches. Just some of the reasons why trees are so important and why the Tree Charter Principles are so important. The tree in the photos, bedecked with an amazing celebratory hanging, is a young Liquidambar (sweet gum) on Lammas Land. On a sunny day in autumn, the red and orange hues of the deeply lobed leaves make the tree glow with colour. Wonderful!
By Dinah Foley-Norman: Principal Landscape Architect, Greater Cambridge Planning
This story is part of a new gallery of images and voices gathered to celebrate Tree Charter Day 2020. You can support the Tree Charter and celebrate Cambridge’s Urban forest by:
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