Archive for December, 2009

Next meeting

Hot on the heels of the Christmas decoration making session on 9th Dec, The Friends of Griffin Wood’s next meeting will be on Thurs 15th Jan 2010 at 7pm at the Leaf Centre (a.k.a. Chester Lane Community Centre). Newcomers welcome.

Get ready for Christmas

It always seems like a mad dash to get everything ready in time for Christmas Day, presents to buy and wrap, decorations to organise and put up, food to prepare and cook, dressing the tree. How we get time for it all I’ll never know!

Perfect for making into Christmas decorations

Perfect for making into Christmas decorations

But here’s one way to slow down, take a breather and get something done in time for Christmas, naturally.

We’ve been busy gathering material from Griffin Wood over the last few weeks and it’s nearly time to make them into some natural festive decorations. Using teasels, holly and a variety of other materials you could make this Christmas truly unique!

Join us on Wednesday 9th December from 5pm – 7pm at The Leaf Centre in St Helens and bring a bit of the woods to your Christmas celebrations.

How to get there…

It’s nearly Tree O’Clock!!

It’s Tree O’Clock

If you believe trees are special help us to plant a World Record!

Tree O'Clock

Help us plant a world record!

Celebrating National Tree Week we’re taking part in the Tree O’Clock event on December 5th from 11am – 12pm. How many trees can we plant in one hour?

Where to park…

Find a Mersey Forest Tree O’Clock event by you…

What’s so special about trees?

Trees are a habitat unto themselves. The oak tree has over 300 species living amongst its branches and leaves; the foliage creating micro-climates and habitats able to support a myriad of insect, arachnid, mammal and bird life.

What's so special about trees?

What's so special about trees?

For Oxygen

Trees are the lungs of the planet. Branches, twigs and leaves spread out like bronchi taking in carbon dioxide (CO”) and giving off oxygen. Ninety-eight percent of the world’s oxygen comes from this process of photosynthesis.

Without trees and other plants “breathing”, humans, literally, couldn’t exist.

For Food

Apples and pears, plums and oranges, lemons, figs, olives, avocados, hazelnuts, walnuts, almonds, cherries, limes, mangos, bananas, coconuts, pineapples…the list goes on and on and on!

Trees are a major source of food. They provide us with essential life-sustaining nutrients. Many oils used in a variety of ways come from trees.

For Medicine

Many synthetic pharmaceuticals have their roots in the natural compounds in trees. Aspirin is based on a natural substance found in the bark of willow trees. Stong age peoples almost certainly chewed on some willow bark for pain relief.

Many studies have shown that natureal surroundings are also beneficial for healing on other levels. Patients have been shown to heal more quickly when they have access to trees and other plants.

For Resources

Tables and chairs, fuel, window blinds, floors, houses, paper, gates, fences, shingles, cladding, boats, picture frames, stairs, banisters, fruit boxes – how many more can you name? There are so many things made of wood it’s a wonder there are any trees left!

The Forest Stewardship Council helps to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests. Their logo is synonymous with sustainably sourced wood. Closer to home, The Mersey Forest is helping groups all over the region transform the landscape and create sustainable habitats.

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It’s Tree O’Clock

If you believe trees are special help us to plant a World Record!

Tree O'ClockCelebrating National Tree Week we’re taking part in the Tree O’Clock event on December 5th from 11am – 12pm. How many trees can we plant in one hour?

Where to park…

Find a Mersey Forest Tree O’Clock event by you…