To save our beautiful forests is important, as we have lost around 97% of native woodland in the last 100 years or so. Recently, the government tried to sell of the remaining forests to private companies, it was only a petition signed by the public at 38 Degrees that stopped this happening. Forests are not just beautiful to look at, but help to prevent climate change and flooding, and of course, are home to native wildlife (and loved by dogs too).
The best way to help is to live simply. Don’t litter, take litter home with you and pick up litter if you see anything. Report any pollution etc to your local council, and try to choose items that are not made from virgin wood (it’s difficult for books, as only a few publishers use recycled paper). But you could choose recycled stationery and furniture.
- Walks in the Wild offers a guide through the forest, with Peter Wohlleben, a forester from Germany who has written several books on what we can learn from nature and wildlife. In this charming book, he takes you on a journey of discovery. You’ll learn how to find your way through the forest without a compass and which trees are best to shelter in a storm. Learn how to tell apart a deciduous and coniferous tree, how to read animal tracks, and what it’s like to spend a night alone in the forest.
- London is a Forest is by Paul Wood, who teaches us that the city of 8.6 million people also has 8.3 million trees packed into 600 square miles, making it one of the most green cities on earth. The UN defines this number as a ‘city forest. Paul follows trails and introduces you to unique species as well as trees like oaks, cherries, and the rare Wild Service Tree.
Your Guide to Forest Bathing is a guide to the Japanese tradition of shinrin-yoku. Being with nature can heal our relationship with the non-human world. Amos Clifford shows how to forest bathe in the forest or woodland, public park or just your own backyard. Use time in the woods as a form of meditation, a mindfulness in nature. You don’t always have to be in a forest.
A Forest in the City discusses the problems that city trees face like abundance of concrete, poor soil and challenging light conditions. It traces the history of trees in cities over time, and how it was only after Dutch Elm Disease, that people realised how important trees are.