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Most trees and flowers in cities and towns

      Have been planted for beauty or shade,

But walk beneath trees in their natural homes -

      In the shade of a quiet woodland glade


And you'll feel you’re enveloped in a magical world -

      Far away from mankind’s busy rush,

Where wild flowers grow and birds sing their songs,

       In a a breathtaking natural hush.


So what do the trees have to offer mankind

    As they stand there so mighty and still?

People say that the presence of trees in their lives,

     Makes them feel quite relaxed and tranquil.    


As I look through my window I see many trees

    And all have now just dropped their leaves,

And suddenly the colour has gone from my world

     As if stolen by fraudulent thieves.


They reach up their ebony, stark outstretched arms

      Which are etched against clouds in the sky.

With the coming of spring, their leaves will return

      And in springtime they’ll gladden the eye.


Quite unlike the flowers, a magnificent tree

     Will outlive all we humans for sure,

So people give trees as remembrance gifts

     For when they are with us no more.


Do you have a tree you especially like?

      Is it one that you see every day?

It could be a tree from your childhood days,

     And like me, did you climb it in play?


Trees can add screening or improve a view,

     Or protect you with shelter or shade.

Why not find a place in your world for a tree,

     Then dig a home for its roots with your spade?


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By Josie Whitehead