The Wildlife Trusts in the UK have challenged people to go wild throughout June this year. So for the month of June, I am blogging each day about a random act of wildness!
Travelling and wildlife go together. Landscapes, cityscapes and skyscapes all hold an abundance of wildlife to enjoy. We can often miss the little pockets of wildlife that are all around us and we pass by every day. So I am enjoying this challenge as a way to stay more present to my surroundings and to notice what wildlife already forms part of my daily life.
Day 5 – Trees
The UK has a mix of native and non-native species that have created a rich tree and woodland heritage. Trees bring many benefits to wildlife and to humans. The Charter for Trees, Woods and People lists these benefits on its website:
- Clean air
- Natural flood defences
- A mask for noise
- Improved physical health and mental well-being
- Cooling urban areas
- Pollution absorption
- Wildlife habitat
- Recreational spaces
- Contact with nature
- Sensory outdoor learning resources
There are around 40 native UK tree species including Alder, Ash, Aspen, Common Beech, Silver Birch, Blackthorn, Wild Cherry, Crab Apple, Dogwood, Elder, Wych Elm, Common Hawthorn, Hazel, Holly, Juniper, Common Lime, English Oak, Plymouth Pear, Rowan and Yew. For a full list check out the Woodland Trust web page.
So today my walk took me from Camden Town across to South Kensington via Regents Park and Hyde Park. So here is a collection of the tree experiences I encountered on my journey.