Recently, a friend shared an amazing site Treesisters: women seeding change.
Trees are precious. When we visited Ajloun in Jordan we saw an amazing ancient olive tree said to be more than 1000 years old. Imagine that. We learned how the Anjara Women’s Cooperative took on the conservation of historical olive trees in the Ajloun Governorate.
In New Zealand, Tane Mahuta Lord of the Forest, is a 2000-year old kauri tree in Northland’s Waipoua Forest. Majestic and revered, such ancient trees are living icons that link us with earth’s lived life. Trees worldwide deserve our utmost care and attention.
I took the grandkids to see the movie The Lorax. The kids absolutely got the ‘what if there were no more ‘truffula’ trees’ message. The boy planted the truffula seed and so created a forest.
I have big dreams. I want to provide sustainable sources of food for bees, beneficial insects, native birds and fruit for people, coppiced firewood, shelter and to protect the water in our stream. A sustainable living environment is not too much to hope for. Wangari Muta Maathai the woman who inspired the United Nations Plant a Billion Trees initiative thought so.
So, since 2007, I’ve planted many trees in my little corner of the world. Will they survive the test of time? I hope my dreams will be reflected by beautiful fruitful mature trees.