Treehugger Gospel

Three trees waymark the Christian story – and our own.

I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree…

Poems are made by fools like me, but only God can make a tree.

Joyce Kilmer

Trees are incredible. They are the pinnacles of creation, the tallest, largest and oldest living things. And while, strictly speaking, algal plants (phytoplankton) in the oceans produce more oxygen than them, it is trees – especially tropical rainforests – that have captured the public’s imagination as the ‘lungs of the planet’. We depend on them for many other practical things too, like timber, nuts and fruit. But we also depend on their beauty and magnificence to enchant and inspire us, to herald the passage of the seasons. A world without trees would be no world at all.

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