Why are our trees so important to us ?
Over the last 40 years (20 years as Parish Tree Warden) I have been admiring, photographing and recording Horndean's Trees and am still making new discoveries but also witnessing sad losses. They are our living heritage, Past, Present and Future and we must protect and look after them. Only a limited number of our important trees can be legally protected but every tree featured on these web pages or listed in the Horndean Tree Register is, in my opinion worthy of living space in the parish and should survive today's considerable threats.
Horndean's Trees - Trees play a very important part in the village landscape. Horndean contains many fragments of Ancient Woodland with a great variety of native species, many are now retained within housing estates and play an important part in maintaining a healthy environment and in providing habitats for wildlife attracted to our gardens.
In a recent quote from the "The Dendrologist"Vol.17 No.8, Professor David Bellamy noted how important it was that people could learn botany "which cannot be done from books" and said, "The Victorians did a fantastic job setting up gardens and parks in our towns. They were really saying thank you God or Darwin".He went on to say that if we could not touch and feel the plants of our history "...then our knowledge is very trivial". These comments are echoed in an article by Pro.Geoff Dixon who is passionate that "...the benefits of plants is driven home to the public and our legislators, " and points to studies in America which show a link that where there are trees and green places there is less crime. There is "greater social communication and cohesion, improved feelings of safety and reduced mental fatigue, professionals should emphasize the importance of trees and other plants, not only to combat climate change and mental wellbeing but also in our foods as important parts of our health care.
The Horndean Tree Register has been set up by John Vigay, one of the Tree Council's longest serving Tree Wardens. The Hampshire network of Tree Wardens was set up in 1990, not long after the Great Storm (that occurred on his birthday on 16th October 1987).
USEFUL TREE LINKS
More on the Ancient Trees in the UK will be given on the page concerned with Horndean's Ancient Trees soon to be set up.
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