northerly wind and drizzle which kept people at home rather than out and about
in their local green space was not the best day to hold FOMP’s Tree Dressing in
Mayow Park on 27th November 2021.
that some brave volunteers came to put out tables with refreshments, paper
leaves, colouring pencils, wax crayons and waterproof pens for writing messages
in celebration of the wonderful trees in Mayow Park.
|Our volunteers and activity tables|
up beside one of the veteran boundary oaks so passers-by could see us and
participate, to write and hang their comments around the tree for all to read. Below are just a few of the lovely messages.
|I love trees|
|Love and care for trees|
|Plant more trees|
|Save all trees|
|Thank you for the air for us to breathe|
|May your stories travel far|
|Trees are important|WHAT IS TREE DRESSING you may ask?
It is based on many old customs from all over the world, celebrated at different times of the year. In England it has become an annual event during the Tree Council National Tree Week (end Nov and into December)
Back in 1990, the charity Common Ground started this as an annual celebration.
|Photo from Common Ground's website|
Since then it has grown and provides a chance for communities to gather, to value and to celebrate our leafy friends. It is also a time to reflect on the social and cultural history of the local area and the role trees have played in shaping that story.
Trees have sustained us in many ways:
Food, shelter, medicine and the air we breathe
They have influenced our past and will do so into the future
They have a spiritual significance in many cultures
Celebrating Tree Dressing Day in Mayow Park is a wonderful way of saying 'thank you' and showing our appreciation of the trees where we live.