I love trees because…

TREE AID at the Festival of Nature

This weekend, TREE AID went to Bristol’s Festival of Nature.

It was such an amazing place to be and the atmosphere was wonderful. It was fantastic to see so many organisations working to protect our beautiful planet.

One of the best things about the festival was the people we met there. It was great to tell them more about TREE AID’s projects and how we are changing lives in Africa. But it was also a real treat to hear what trees mean to them here in the UK.

What’s your favourite thing about trees?

Lots of people smiled when they heard this question: what’s your favourite thing about trees?

We heard countless stories about the tree at the bottom of the garden. Lots of people spoke about climbing up or resting against a tree they loved.

For some, their favourite thing was the excellent habitat trees create. They spoke about spotting insects, birds, squirrels and other wildlife.

For others, it was the fruit they enjoyed or the blossom in spring.

Trees mean life.

But for many, the answer was the same: trees mean life.

Whether it was that they produce oxygen or keep soil healthy, many people agreed on their importance. Not only to our British countryside and wildlife, but all over the world.

What trees mean to Alice and her family.

Alice’s parents could never grow enough crops to feed the family – the soil around their home was too dry and dusty.  During the dry season – the “hungry months” – their food stores ran frighteningly low.

But when they started working with TREE AID, they learnt how to look after fruit trees. From then, everything changed.

To Alice and her family, trees mean food like mangoes, packed with nutrients. They mean produce to sell at market, providing income that can pay for extra food.

To Alice and her family, trees mean health and opportunity. They mean a livelihood that ensures medicine and education can be covered, giving the children a chance to break out of poverty.

To Alice and her family, trees mean hope for a better future.

You can help TREE AID make a difference.

If you came to see us at the Festival of Nature, thank you so much for your visit. It was a great opportunity for us to share our work with you.

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Please note: Alice’s story is typical of the families TREE AID works with. Names have been changed to protect privacy.

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