The Vernon Oak speaks out……….to the next generation

The Vernon Oak speaks out……….to the next generation ……..so please circulate this and support a great cause!

An oak tree is fundraising to give ‘The Lost Words’ to every primary school

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An oak tree is fundraising! The famous Vernon Oak is to give a copy of The Lost Words to every primary school in Sheffield. The book is by the country’s pre-eminent nature writer, Robert Macfarlane, and celebrated illustrator Jackie Morris.

The target of £3200 in 5 weeks, is enough for 150 books. Incredibly, the Vernon Road Oak (commonly known as Vernon) raised 50% of the funding needed in just 48 hours.

This beautiful book is about words which are disappearing from the vocabulary of children – words for lovely wild things like kingfisher, bluebell, newt, conker. The authors take 20 of these in a gorgeous book in which sumptuous images and ‘spells’ spill across each double page spread.

Already, many other areas of the country have successfully fundraised to get copies into their primary schools.

The book has a special poignancy here in Sheffield: Vernon is fundraising because he too may soon be gone due to the felling of many street trees.

Vernon, in a special interview by his agent and friend Joanna Dobson says that the book

“starts with the acorn spell, which is right up my street….The Lost Words is for everyone. It is ‘wonderful’, ‘breathtaking’ and ‘exquisite’, just as the reviews have said, but it has special meaning for an oak tree which is in real danger of being ‘lost’ too.”

The book is a special way of returning the wild to children’s lives and already social media is ablaze with creative work inspired by it among schools around the country.

Vernon’s Crowdfunder to ensure that all young Sheffield children are able to see and read the book, is supported by Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust, The Woodland Trust’s Teach Wild Network and Sheffield’s Rhyme and Reason Bookshop.

To contribute: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/the-lost-words-for-every-sheffield-primary-school-1

For more information:
The Vernon Oak: VernonOakS17@gmail.com

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Kind regards

Vernon

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Breaking news – Leading city councillor responsible for the tree felling programme has resigned…..

Breaking News – Bryan Lodge – Leading city councillor responsible for the tree felling programme has resigned…..

https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/sheffield-councillor-overseeing-controversial-tree-felling-scheme-steps-down-1-9155266

https://www.facebook.com/groups/392913244219104/permalink/951310078379415/

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Wild About Yorkshire’s Coast and Country – Ray’s sparrows enjoying free bedding!

Wild About Yorkshire’s Coast and Country

Ray’s sparrows enjoying free bedding!

Ray Sykes of Todwick emailed me about his House Sparrows that just love to strip the Pampas Grass seed-heads for nesting material. We have discussed this phenomenon before but this year it took six or so birds just a single day to strip the seed-heads bare!

The day before:

The day after:

Pampas Grass after Sparrows nest building.Ray’s sparrows clearly enjoy the free bedding and I guess it is good insulating material! In medieval times people used similar materials such as the seed-head from Reedmace to stuff mattresses – so not too dissimilar.

Watch the video to see them in action!

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Review of Sheffield in 50 Buildings – new book

Review of Sheffield in 50 Buildings – new book

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Jarvis Cocker speaks out for the street trees and the campaign….

Jarvis Cocker speaks out for the street trees and the campaign…….

[From the Sheffield Telegraph April, 12 2018]

 

Another respected Sheffield star joins the tree lobby!

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Chris Packham in Sheffield to see for himself ……

Chris Packham – wildlife expert, campaigner and broadcaster took time out today from a very busy schedule to visit the Sheffield Street Trees Campaign….

 

Chris Packham in Sheffield to see for himself the street tree debacle……

Above with UK tree expert Jeremy Barrell and international authority Philip van Wassenaer, a senior urban forest expert from Canada. Philip stated that none of the trees he was viewing could justify felling rather than, in some cases, a little careful management.

Inside the barricades ………! Chris making a serious point.

And below – here once stood a great tree………..

And nearby – on a main road – health and safety??

So much for trees causing a hazard – how about this?

Priorities misplaced perhaps???

More to follow shortly

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More on the parakeets!

Latest article from Wild about Sheffield 11……

 

 

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