Through The Woods
This record is Judy Dunlop, Ashley Hutchings and some of the cream of the folk music world explaining to us just how important trees are to the earth and to all living things, including us humans, who dwell upon this planet.This site we hope will also aid in helping you fully understand this very important point.
There's history here, there's mythology here,  and geography, and of course there is the music, there's a recitation from Judy Dunlop called Mannikins, which is taken from the writings of the theosophical teacher, mystic and gnostic seer, Geoffrey Hodson (1886-1983), more of whom we will find out about a little later on.

Woodworking is an area we'll also be looking at, for this, a most ancient of crafts, is inexorably entwined with the tree, for if we use the tree wisely, we can create beauty, as is illustrated in the song Turn The Lathe Gently, in which the hero of the song creates, from the wood of the ash, a fiddle which, its turn, creates beautiful music. If you enjoy word guessing games or riddles, we have one each of those, to be found on Pierce the Screen and Achren's Riddle. So many paths to follow, all created by Ashley Hutchings, for he does, with this album, invite us to look more closely at our surroundings, at our nature in relationship with the world around us. Ashley continues this theme with his album, Human Nature, which in turn features some of the same musicians and singers as are to be found on the superb Sway With Me.

Ancient Woodland is a term used in the United Kingdom to refer specifically to woodland dating back to 1600 or before in England and Wales, (or 1750 in Scotland). Before this, planting of new woodland was uncommon, so a wood present in 1600 was likely to have developed naturally. For many species of animal and plant, Ancient Woodland sites provide the sole habitat, and for many others, conditions on these sites are much more suitable than those on other sites. For these reasons Ancient Woodland is often described as an irreplaceable resource, or . Ancient Woodland is formally defined on maps by Natural England and equivalent bodies, and is given a degree of administrative protection

external internet links

the oldest living tree
Forests and Woodlands of England
a small, interesting list from Wikipedia