World Earth Day last week got us thinking about trees. If the world we live in sometimes makes you fear for the future of humanity, then take heart from what we can learn from trees.

Trees are all connected

Aspen trees are thin and lanky. They stretch upwards as a ribbon to the skies. The way kites flutter up in strong winds. What we may see as we walk along is one wispy tree standing alone. And yet, underground, trees are all connected by their interlocking root systems. What affects one tree ripples to affect them all. This is how forests work. Canadian Redwoods work together to gain their height and stand proud and tall in the forest.

Trees in Cornwall

The pine forests here in Cornwall – at Idless, Wilsey Down and Bissoe and Colliford are all made up of trees which speak to each other. The ‘Nearly Home’ Beeches just off the A30 at Lifton Down, similarly, are all linked. They communicate. They warn other trees of infections, insects, drought.

We are all connected

When we think about it, this is the same for us. We are all connected. We are one. Something which affects one human could affect us all. If our conditions were the same. As philanthropists and benevolent people, those working in the VCSE sector are empaths. We see everyone as equals. We strive to create equality.

Thought tree

As part of the fun for our Co-creating Cornwall’s Future event, we are working with young people to create a thought tree. The roots will be what holds us. The trunk of Cornwall. The branches of economy, environment and health. And the leaves will be made from the hands of young people, with their thoughts and feelings on how Cornwall could be improved. Watch our social media for the community engagement with children and young people wo will share with us how they think Cornwall could be improved.