Counting on … day 287

23rd August 2022 

This summer is heat waves, drought and impending fuel crisis have highlighted our country’s  unpreparedness for the effects of climate change that we are already experiencing, let alone the ones that are to come. Much of the responsibility lies with our government and its influence over big business. To this end Greenpeace has set up a petition asking for action from the UK government: 

“You must do more to prevent climate change and protect us from the damaging impacts of extreme weather:
– Deliver a proper plan to make our buildings and infrastructure more resilient to extreme weather
– Improve national water storage to prevent future shortages
– Force water companies to reduce leaks and increase the efficiency of household and business water usage ”

If you would like to sign this go to –

Lent Reflection

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The poplar tree – populous nigra  – grows to a height of 30m and lives for about 200 years. It has distinctive triangular pointed leaves which provide food for many moth caterpillars, whilst its early spring catkins provide food for bees and other insects. Its white soft finely grained, shock resistant wood is traditionally used for matches, floor boards, carts and clogs, as well as nowadays for wine boxes, pallets and artificial limbs. 

The poplar tree has strong roots which gives its symbolic association with resilience, rootedness and security. 

‘I hereby command you: Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.’ Joshua 1:9

“I’m planting a tree to teach me to gather strength to me deepest roots.” Andrea Koehler Jones, The Wish Trees