Our collective energy may have been sapped at times but our resolve remains deep-rooted. There have been times when we haven’t been able to see the wood for the trees! Maybe you’ve turned over a new leaf or branched out with new ideas that have blossomed and bore fruit?
Our language is rich with tree metaphors; they are embedded in our psyche. Research shows that within minutes of being surrounded by trees and green space, our blood pressure drops, heart rate slows and stress levels come down – spending time amongst trees is good for all of us.
We’ve put together some activities to inspire the children in your life to observe and appreciate trees even more, and to realise that we need more trees and more time spent amongst them please!
Meet the trees
Have you visited La Hougue Bie on a sunny day, picnicked under the trees or walked up the mound and looked across at the canopy in awe? It’s a great feeling to be able to recognise different species from the leaf shape and the pattern of their branches and bark, so we’ve designed a map to help you get to know them better.
Print a copy before your next trip or pick one up on site when you’re there. The trees are looking forward to meeting you too.
Download the Map
Download the Identifier Guide
Here’s Sheena Brockie from The Good Jersey Life and Nicola Lucas, our Community events curator, having a great time in the rain at La Hougue Bie. A lovely morning spent looking upwards at trees, appreciating their beauty and learning why they are so important.
Water colour tree art lesson
You may think that painting a tree is quite difficult. Our community events curator Nicky Lucas is an artist and is known for drawing and painting trees, here she demonstrates an easy way for children to create a beautiful picture that they can be proud of. It’s a perfect technique for any skill level and age.
Measure the height of a tree
We discovered this easy method of measuring the height of a tree fairly recently and haven’t been able to stop since. It’s been a revelation! All you need is a pencil, a friend and a measuring tape….oh and a tree!
From little acorns do mighty oaks grow
Trees for life Jersey have provided us with this delightful seed recognition illustration. It is such a good visual aid for matching seed to tree, when to collect seeds and how to grow them.
Trees for Life are a Jersey based charity providing free educational resources to schools – encouraging children to learn about and appreciate the trees in their local environment. https://jerseytreesforlife.org/
Download the guide.
This activity is perfect for reminding children about all the lovely things to be grateful for every day.
Ivy isn’t bad for trees it just needs to be managed properly to stop it from reaching high up into the tree canopy. It is a valuable wildlife habitat that flowers late in the season attracting many insects that entice hungry birds. It’s berries are a favourite of the Thrush. Climbing Ivy provides nesting and hibernation sites for birds, numerous insects and some small mammals.
Do you have a tree in your garden (lucky you) that has ivy growing up the trunk? Here’s a lovely ‘what to do’ illustration from Trees for Life Jersey.
Can you identify a tree from its leaf? Have a go at this Woodland Trust leaf id activity to find out.