National Tree Week - 26 November - 4 December

18th November 2011 at 00:00

Every year since 1975, National Tree Week has encouraged us to enjoy, protect and rebuild our natural environment. Yet Britain is among the least forested countries in Europe, something conservationists are keen to rectify. To learn how you and your students can take part, visit the Tree Council at www.treecouncil.org.uk

ROBIN HOOD'S SHERWOOD FOREST

Born Robin Fitzooth, son of an earl, he ran to Sherwood Forest to escape the treachery of Prince John and robbed the rich to feed the poor. Or did he? The jury is still out. But the forest and its treasures survive. Learn more at www.sherwoodforest.org.uk

LORD OF THE RINGS - FANGORN FOREST

Director Peter Jackson filmed the hit series in New Zealand, but it is more likely that JRR Tolkien had the native British chestnuts and beeches of Oxfordshire forests in mind. Check out a resource from Bakari to learn how to protect our trees.

THROUGH THE WARDROBE TO NARNIA

The wardrobe through which four children entered a magical land of talking trees and animals was made from an oak tree. Like Tolkein, author CS Lewis was inspired by the beauty of our green and pleasant land. Follow this link to learn about tree planting: http:bit.lyvfTJfb

THE WHOMPING WILLOW

In Harry Potter's world, the Whomping Willow is a very valuable tree whose branches act as limbs to attack anyone who falls within its reach. And the real inspiration for author JK Rowling? An elderly sweet chestnut in Kew Gardens. Teach young children how to protect the rainforests with a resource from Morddel.

O CHRISTMAS TREE, O CHRISTMAS TREE

Every December since 1947, a giant Norwegian spruce has been placed in Trafalgar Square. The tree, which stands in the central London square over the Christmas season, is a gift from the people of Norway and a symbol of the friendship offered to the country by Britain during the Second World War.

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