White Leaved Oak – Malvern

22/01/2011

in Love Trees

Save Our Woods | White Leaved Oak

You don’t take on a campaign because you don’t like something (or the idea of something). You take on a campaign because you feel passionately for something.

I’m passionate about trees. And today I visited the White Leaved Oak in Malvern with hen4, BeeStrawbridge and ginbat.

It was my first visit to a truly ancient tree and even before we got there, despite the many other trees across the fields, I knew which tree it was.

Love Trees - White Leaved Oak 7Crouching, a squat old man, arms raised, face turned to the sky, he sits (on private land) adorned by the gifts of many visitors. On the edge of a hollow that looked either recently excavated or dumped on at one end, the White Leaved Oak presides over two younger oaks.

Love Trees - White Leaved Oak 2The ancient oak is hollow. That first peek inside was overwhelming. Like finding out every childhood fairytale was true. Twisting branches created natural skylights and in the dark corners the tree seems to be growing out of the rocks.

Love Trees - White Leaved Oak 9If you do one thing this weekend, go out and meet a tree. Truly meet it, spend time with it sitting under its branches.

Love Trees - White Leaved Oak 4I can guarantee you’ll feel rejuvenated.

Love Trees - White Leaved Oak 6This past week has been amazing – launching the website and forum, seeing people from across the country connect.

Love Trees - White Leaved Oak 8It gives me hope that there are so many more people out there who are as passionate about trees as I am.

Love Trees - White Leaved Oak 3

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paul January 22, 2011 at 15:11

Thanks for the great photos and thank you for the campaign !

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Sandie January 22, 2011 at 15:24

Great blog – great photos – great weather for your meet – great peeps – absolutely necessary campaign – we will win this –

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wildelycreative January 22, 2011 at 16:05

Thanks Sandie – it was truly amazing to meet not just Ginny, Brigit and Hen but this fantastic tree that evokes so many fairytales in my mind I felt positively spriteful :)

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matthew January 22, 2011 at 21:51

bueatiful and inspiering picturs

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wildelycreative January 22, 2011 at 22:29

Thank you – it was a magical day and an incredible tree. Amazing to be able to stand inside such an ancient oak.

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