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The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the Eyes of others only a Green thing that stands in the way. Some see Nature all Ridicule and Deformity and by these I shall not regulate my proportions; and some scarce see Nature at all. But to the Eyes of the Man of Imagination, Nature is Imagination itself. As a man is, So he Sees. As the Eye is formed, such are its Powers.

William Blake writing to the Rev. Dr. Trusler, 23rd August 1799.

The Shocklach Oak | Tree Poem                   

Breathe with ease

Plant more trees

Over the past few years, Shocklach Tree Warden, Martin Green, with the help of some residents, has planted about

300 native trees in and around Shocklach.  Not all have survived but many have and they will help to replace

the ageing oaks and ashes which form part of the landscape which most of us take for granted.

For the Queen's Golden Jubilee, 50 native oak trees were planted:  three at Shocklach Primary School, four at St Edith's church,

some along each approach road to Shocklach and three lots of between two and twelve were planted by farmers to form small Jubilee copses.

Half survived and just before Christmas, twenty six trees were replaced with strong, new saplings.

Next time you are walking or driving round Shocklach, see how many old and decaying trees you can see.  Although these

are essential to wildlife, we need to plant young trees so that when the older ones finally go, there will be others to replace them.

In the meantime, have a look at the next page.

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