STOP PRESS - Wild food jams for sale - see below
- To revive the sustainable use of native woodland and hedgerow species as foods, herbal remedies and wood.
- To revitalise traditional ecological knowledge of plants.
- To provide opportunities for people to experience woodland through workshops, volunteer activities and community events.
- To plant and maintain edible trees, shrubs and other plants using agroforestry methods to provide food for local people.
- To restore native woodland where appropriate by implementing tree planting schemes.
- To highlight and promote the health and healing effects of seeing, experiencing
and working with trees & woodland.
Humans have historically depended on plants for food, medicine, shelter and materials. Plants have also played a significant role in our mythologies, beliefs and religions so that our history is interwoven with their history. Trees in particular have been integral to our culture yet today we place far less importance on our connection with them.
How can trees and other woodland, hedgerow and ‘wild’ plants become important in a way that is relevant for our lives today?
- Tropical rainforests are known to hold valuable medicines that were familiar to indigenous people for thousands of years.
- Our Celtic ancestors had a vast knowledge of how each tree could offer shelter, energy, food and medicine.
- Some trees in Great Britain are still used in herbal medicine and flower remedies.
- There is great potential to revitalise our inherited wisdom – the cultural and healing value of trees and other species.
- Much evidence points to the direct health benefits of experiencing trees. Just seeing trees can reduce our stress levels and blood pressure but activity in woodland can reduce the risk of developing serious illness! (Forestry Commission).
TREES CAN HELP TO FOSTER
HEALTHY COMMUNITIES AND HEALTHY ECOSYSTEMS!
Woodland is not only crucial for our health but can also be a focus for education, livelihood and recreation, thereby bringing local communities together. Ecologically trees are invaluable for our future and the future of the Earth. At one time Britain was a forested landscape but now fragmented woodland accounts for less than 12% of land area. Trees provide wildlife habitat, beautiful landscapes, improve air quality, prevent flooding and soil erosion and reduce the impact of climate change.
Discover Forest Foods
Trees for Health's main project is 'Discover Forest Foods'. Using agroforestry methods we are growing trees, shrubs, perennial plants and vegetables to provide food for the local area. Check out our activities page to get involved with an event.
Wild Food Jams & Syrups for sale from Discover Forest Foods - email to reserve as some are low in stock & arrange delivery/pick up in South Hams
Guelder Rose Jam - delicious tangy taste - details here soon..
Donate to our main project, Discover Forest Foods. Either a one-off or direct debit can help alot. Click on the icon to hear more about this including what your donations could support! Thankyou.
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