Tree-mail!

We love trees. We have some pretty special ones here at Charlecote. But what would you say if you were to write to a tree?

This news article was shared by the Woodland Trust on their facebook page.

The city of Melbourne assigned trees email addresses so citizens could report problems. Instead, people wrote thousands of love letters to their favorite trees.

Read more on citylab.com

It got us thinking. Which of our trees would we write to and what would we say?

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Celebration Tree: 10 down, 10 to go…

On a beautiful sunny Saturday morning earlier this month, we were joined by the Yates family. We headed down to Places Meadow to plant tree number 10. The oak was planted to celebrate memories of some lovely family times in the park at Charlecote. What was really nice was that these memories were spanned across four generations of their family. It’s so nice to think that Charlecote really is a special place to so many people.

So what have we celebrated so far? How about a first date, flying over Charlecote and knowing your nearly home,  Family time in the park, 30 years of volunteering and a genuine love for Charlecote.

We will be continuing to plant the next ten trees throughout March and April when we will be joined by our local Women’s Institute group, school children from Hampton Lucy school, volunteers from Charlecote Park and lots more regular visitors to Charlecote.

Tony - one of our long serving volunteers - planted a tree in March 2014.

Tony – one of our long serving volunteers – planted a tree in March 2014.

You can see lots of our photos on facebook or follow our updates on twitter using #NTCelebratree. We also have a series of short clips on our YouTube channel.

We have found lots of different reasons to celebrate, both big and small – we do hope that you find you reason to celebrate in 2014 and maybe even think about planting your own special celebration tree with us.

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Swinging from the tree tops with the Great Big Tree Climbing Co

We’re eagerly counting down the days until we have our tree climbing event! Who is brave enough to join us?

In our ’50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾’ you’ll find ‘climb a tree’ at number 1. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I find it hard to find a decent tree to climb, but thankfully our event with the Great Big Tree Climbing Company should help! They will teach you how to climb a tree using knots, ropes and carabinas – just like the professionals! If you manage the climb you could take the fast route down by zip wire or take a ‘giant leap of faith’.

We’ll have some tree climbing sessions on 14 April and again on 27 May. Sessions are pre-bookable and all slots on 14 April are now full so we advise that you secure your place in advance for May as places do fill up quickly!

If you can’t make it to our event days or really want to climb a tree in April, why not take a look at some of the other places hosting tree climbing? There are many other National Trust places up and down the country offering this, including Croome in Worcestershire. But if you’re more local to us, you’ll also find Compton Verney – our neighbours just down the road – are also exploring their tree tops on 15 April and 31 May!

By the way, our pals at National Trust Midlands have put together this brilliant guide to help you plan which places you could visit to tick off your 50 things.

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Rachel and Lee and their ‘Valentine’s Day Tree Planting’

You may remember we were looking for couples with a special link to Charlecote for our Celebration Tree planting last month. Well, we found a very special couple indeed. Rachel and Lee.

Rachel and Lee were known to us, albeit distantly, as they often fly across the park to nearby Wellesbourne Airfield with their company – Air Experiences.  Rachel had also provide some amazing photographs of Charlecote with the sun setting as well as the recent flood waters that covered vast areas of our land. What we didn’t know was the romantic story that links them to the park…

It isn’t often that one gets invited to plant a tree, but this delightful opportunity was extended to Lee and me this Valentine’s Day as part of a special project at Charlecote Park, a National Trust property near us.

It all started a couple of months ago, when I wrote an article about Charlecote Park for the online version of Warwickshire Life magazine. The staff at Charlecote found my post on Twitter and liked the bit I wrote about how we often fly over Charlecote Park and it’s the sign that says ‘we’re home’ when we’ve been out flying. So they got in touch with me and invited me to take part in their Celebratree Project: a scheme to plant twenty new trees in the grounds of Charlecote Park during the first few months of 2014. They wanted local people with a special connection to Charlecote to do the planting – such a lovely idea.

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What I hadn’t mentioned in my original Warwickshire Life post was that Lee and I spent part of our first date at Charlecote, back in October 2012. We flew in to Wellesbourne to refuel and we walked over to Charlecote and had a walk around the gardens, chatting nineteen to the dozen, before heading back to the airfield and taking off for a flight into Wales and back up the Bristol Channel. It was a fantastic and memorable day, and Charlecote has had special memories for us ever since.

I told all this to Lisa, the Park and Gardens Manager at Charlecote, and…

< Read more on Rachel’s blog >

Our wonderful volunteer photographer, Jana, has also blogged about this very special tree planting and has included lots of great photos. Do take a look!

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