I was surprised to see two youngsters hugging a tree in St. John’s churchyard today – and even engaging in a little chit-chat with it. I get called a “tree hugging hippie” a fair bit. Good to see that this is still actually a thing, or I’d feel the insult is wasted.
Coincidentally, moments earlier I had been reading this report in the journal Nature, which finds that having a mere 11 more trees in your neighbourhood has the health impact of being 17 months younger and having $20,o00 more in your wage slip.
“11 more trees in a city block, on average, decreases cardio-metabolic conditions in ways comparable to an increase in annual personal income of $20,000… or being 1.4 years younger.”)
Sadly this week’s issue of the journal Science shows how deeply the world’s forests are in trouble owing to human greed. Margate doesn’t have enough trees and coming out of the churchyard I noticed this (pictures below) on the main pathway past the church. Sad, neglected, planters. I’d welcome some support bringing these back to life.