For the love of trees

Feb 11th, 2017 | By | Category: Articles, Pagan People

leafheartThe Climate Coalition’s latest ‘Show The Love’ campaign launched this February. It’s all about showing our love for nature and raising awareness of climate change. On the 12th February, many people will be wearing, making and sharing green hearts. So here’s a green heart by Nimue Brown.

I asked Moon Books authors what their favourite tree is, and why…







jhp52d894a224871Elen SentierOak – because of the enormous habitat and ecosystem it supports, and also because it’s our World Tree here in Britain.
Mabh Savage I love the silver birch. I have one in my garden, and it attracts so many birds, from blue tits to woodpeckers. There’s a sacred spot in the woods near me, and an ancient silver birch has split into five separate trunks, like a great, grey hand reaching out of the soil. Gives me goosebumps every time I see it. The birch is a kind tree, as its canopy is airy enough to allow sunlight through to the smaller plants below.
Lucya StarzaProbably the apple tree that is growing in my back garden and which has prompted so many blog posts for me. Here are a few: 
Morgan DaimlerHawthorn because, as Shakespeare would say ‘though she be but little, she is fierce’. I love that the Hawthorn has such beautiful flowers in the spring, with Bealtaine, and berries in the fall, and that she is a small tree but she defends herself with some intimidating thorns. I like that they can be social trees, growing in groups, or solitary, and I love how deeply enmeshed in folklore they are.
Nimue Brown: Beech trees – they are the dominant tree on the Cotswold edge where I grew up, and they often have the most amazing faces in their bark. I love the shape of them, the vibrant green of the leaves when they first emerge, the amazing autumn colours they produce. I also really like copper beeches, and the spring glory that is bluebells in a beech wood.

Laura Perry: Nut trees of all sorts. We have two Chinese chestnuts, two hazelnuts, a butternut, and a heartnut on our property, and they give us food as well as adding beauty and shade to the yard. People have relied on nut trees for food for ages, going all the way back to our hunter-gatherer ancestors, and they figure prominently in mythology and folklore around the world. This photo is one of our Chinese chestnut trees last autumn, in all its golden glory.

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Yvonne RyvesOak because it’s the one I work with most closely in my OBOD work, the one that calls to me and the one I am trying to nurture from a tiny sapling

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Angela PaineOak, the most sacred tree of the ancient Celts, who used the medicine of its bark and whose Druids planted mistletoe among its branches, which they harvested at the winter solstice, again to use as medicine. I have written a long chapter on the medicinal properties of oak in my current book, a sequel to The Healing Power of Celtic Plants.

Steve Andrews: My favourite tree is the Dragon Tree because as soon as I saw my first one when I went to Tenerife in 2004 I felt an immediate love for it. Since then I have germinated dragon trees from seeds, written articles about the tree, and it ‘stars’ in my book Pagan Portals: Herbs of the Sun, Moon and Planets, both on the cover and in a chapter inside. The Dragon Tree is a herb of Mars, which happens to be the ruler for Aries and I am born under that sign. Here is a video of me talking about a Dragon Tree in Lisbon:

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