The Eco-Corner

Home » News » The Eco-Corner

From the point of view of a tree, the human race is a recently introduced foreign species, an invasive weed which seems intent on destroying the natural balance of the earth's resources. Trees have been here some two or three hundred million years and individual specimens may live for a thousand.

When the Romans arrived in Britain, it wasn't bare grassy slopes over which they marched; it was through dense forest only patches of which now survive. Robin Hood would now find it difficult to hide away from the Sheriff of Nottingham's men in what is left of Sherwood Forest,
The plain fact is that human beings have found wood far too useful as fuel, as a building material, for the making of tools like ploughs and for building ships to leave forests to grow in peace.

Peace is something which descends on you when you go into an unfrequented forest, leaving behind the incessant noise of traffic, the buildings, roads and all their signs and clutter and all the attempts to impose order on Nature. But this peace, however calming to the human spirit, is deceptive. Every green leaf is hard at work, using the energy from sunlight to convert carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and water from the trees' roots into wood and in the process releasing oxygen back into the atmosphere.

However useful wood might be to us as a material out of which we may fashion the things we need or the things we delight to possess, more important is the oxygen when we and every other animal needs to survive. The preservation of the world's forests is not a sentimental or an aesthetic matter, it is a matter of life or death.
Bob Weighton

popular recent storiesAlso in the news

SIlver service congregation
Alton Webteam: Mon 24 Jun 6:28pm

"The Journey of Life" was the title of this year's annual Silver Service held at the Alton Methodist Church. Organised by the Alton Anna Chaplains — Debbie Thrower and Rachel Sturt — the service is held to value and encourage older people in the community. Debbie introduced the service by reminding everyone that the Anna Chaplaincy started in Alton in 2010. Both Debbie and Rachel...

Alton pilgrimage
Alton Webteam: Mon 24 Jun 5:44pm

Congratulations to the 12 walkers who braved the weather and set off from Rowledge Methodist Church to walk the 10.6 miles to Alton on the last stage of the Circuit Prayer Pilgrimage. In the 9 days between Ascension and Pentecost Rev Chris Blake visited all the churches in the Circuit and was thrilled that 92 people joined him on at least one of the walks. Many others generously provided...

Young venturers 1
Alton Webteam: Sat 08 Jun 11:39am

It was a glorious day for the Year 8 Young Venturers' expedition — clear skies and the temperature climbing to 26 degrees!The three girls and four boys set off from Holybourne, and almost immediately discovered how easy it is to get mislaid even when close to home! However, they soon passed Wyck and continued, although not without further excitements, to Binsted, where they enjoyed an early...