The Poetry of Trees
Honouring Wangari Maathai
at The Room
Sunday 3 March
2.30pm for 3pm start
With Hilary Davies, Anthony Howell and others
Bring along your poem, personal story about trees,
Or words on the significance or beauty of trees.
Free entry: Small charge for refreshments
The Room, 33 Holcombe Road N17 9AS
Anthony's blog post here
Contact Anthony: 020 8801 8577
Download the flyer here
Poems for Celebrating Trees
Bruce Castle December 2023
From the Sycamore Gap
Everyone assumes that I was happy here
In my own world, with no buildings near.
And yes, I did love sun and rain
And feeling Spring come round again.
But I longed for company of my own kind
Instead of the hordes who came to unwind
Or for endless selfies, ashes or wedding,
Or just to gawp at the gradual shedding
Of my leaves; this may have looked pretty
But, in fact, was also deserving of pity
For the relentless storms that used to rage
Through my empty branches; I then felt my age.
So although the act was totally insane,
I like to think my death wasn’t in vain,
For all the myriad outpourings of sadness
May lead to trees receiving more kindness.
What do trees do for us?
Except absorb the Carbon Dioxide
that suffocates our fragile home.
Except capture the pollution
that chokes our children’s lungs.
Except produce the oxygen
our lives depend on.
Except absorb floodwater
and return it to the sky.
Except shade us
from our scorching sun.
Except comfort us
in our darkest hour.
Without trees, we are nothing.
Each of us can make a difference,
and together accomplish what
might seem impossible
Tottenham Trees believes that we need to
stop taking trees for granted, recognise
and celebrate their contribution to our lives,
and take responsibility for their welfare.
Tottenham Trees: a branch of the
Charter for Trees, Woods and People
The Tree Charter Principles
Thriving habitats for diverse species
Planting for the future
Celebrating the cultural impact of trees
A thriving forestry sector that delivers for the UK
Better protection for important trees and woods
Enhancing new developments with trees
Understanding and using the natural health benefits of trees
Access to trees for everyone
Addressing threats to woods and trees through good management
Strengthening landscapes with woods and trees
For further details on these principles go to
Tree Charter Principles
Tottenham Trees works with the following local groups:
Haringey Tree Protectors:
Working to protect trees in the urban environment.
The Haringey Tree Protectors take Non-Violent Direct Action to protect threatened trees but also research different approaches to tree management. They are always looking for people to help with campaigns.
The Tree Trust for Haringey:
is mainly a lobbying group challenging bad planning applications involving trees. It has also helped in the funding and planting of trees in streets and parks.
It works in partnership with:
Tree Officers, Park and Neighbourhood Officers
Haringey Biodiversity Action Partnership
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Tottenham, an area of Haringey in North East London, is an area of high density housing which is recognised as deficient in the quantity of parks and green spaces. Those that exist, such as Bruce Castle Park (the first public park in Tottenham), Downhills Park, Lordship Rec and the wild beauty of Tottenham Marshes to the East of the borough are delightful places to visit.
The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago.
The second best time is now.
The second best time is now.