Love trees? Like Woods? Enjoy People?
Come and support the Launch of the Tree Charter for Trees, Woods and People in Lewes. The Tree Charter initiative is led by the Woodland Trust, plus more than 70 other organisations, and greater than 100,000 people who have signed the Charter. Launched 800 years after the original Forest Charter, the new Charter will help redefine our relationship with trees and woods. At a time when UK tree planting has fallen to a 50-year low, this is an important time to come together and push for greater protection and and use of woodlands.
Our main guest speaker will be Robert Penn. Rob is the best-selling author of 'The Man who Made Things out of Trees' (all about the amazing ash tree), a broadcaster and community woods activist. He will be interviewed by a surprise local comedian in a fun interview about Robert's fascinating life. Rob is also a very keen cyclist, having cycled in 50 countries and is owner of a wooden bike! He has resurrected a community woods in the Brecon Beacons and has inspired thousands to actively enagage with their local woodlands. He is President of the Small Woods Association.
Compering the evening will be local personaility Michael Blencowe of Sussex Wildlife Trust. Watch this space for exciting additional guests.
Hosting the evening is Vert Woods Community Woodland (VWCW) and the Woodland Trust. VWCW is a beautiful 171 acres woodland 15 minutes from Lewes. We'll be announcing during the evening how you can become a member of the new VWCW Community Benefit Society and invest in owning and running the woods.
It will also be an evening full of music and creativety - the local Zu Choir will entertain us with special tree songs, and Dirk Campbell the well-known local musician will amaze us with his collection of wood instruments. We'll also have some exciting films to show.
Old Tree Brewery will be quaffing our thirsts with organic non-alcoholic natural drinks and you will have the chance to win some great prizes including some trees. Our supporters include Transition Town Lewes, Railway Land Wildlife Trust, Alternative Lewes, Special Branch, Lewes Arboretum, School of the Wild and others.