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Sunday 4th May 2008

Tree Dressing is an ancient tradition surviving throughout the world. Tree Dressing most often occurred during the autumn (usually held on October 31st or November 1st ) to celebrate the gathering of the harvest or at 'Midwinter Solstice' (December 22nd), to give thanks for abundance and to look forward to the coming of spring and re growth.

Originally used during agricultural and religious festivals, the custom has now moved forward to the present day celebrating weddings, special occasions - and trees! The custom of Tree Dressing also reminds us of our ancient cultural heritage. Trees provide a valuable habitat for wildlife. The longest living, largest life-form on our planet, trees give vitality and meaning to local areas. Deciduous varieties keep us in touch with the seasons.

Trees improve the quality of the air by trapping dust particles, conditioning the air and acting as a shelter from pollutants. Shapes within trees excite our imagination and are full of cultural, inspirational and historic interest. Despite protest we are still losing irreplaceable tracts of ancient woodland (more than half has gone during the last forty years). We each use approximately two trees worth of paper products every year. The circulation of only one popular newspaper results in the consuming of four thousand trees.


NOON - 4pm

Cost £5.00

Brock Bottom
meet in picnic site

Materials for tree dressing included in price
Please bring food to share for picnic afterwards



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