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Imagine a tree ...

September 10, 2011 9:40 AM

treeThe Woodland Trust has launched an initiative to double native woodland cover under the banner of 'More Trees, More Good'. Part of this initiative includes a mass public consultation about where more trees should be planted through a campaign called MyView.

MyView is a web-enabled system that allows people to take a photo of their local view that would benefit from more trees and load it onto the Woodland Trust website. People can then use their interactive, click and drag design programme to plant virtual trees and create a new 'treed' view for their community. It will enable people visually to demonstrate where they would like to see more trees and will then allow them to create a written statement about why more trees in this space are important.

Once the design is finished, the programme creates an e-mail made up of images and statements of a personal MyView to share with their local councillor via e-mail, making what the Trust describe as a "visual petition".

Launching next week, MyView helps the public to call for tree planting to be used as a mechanism to improve their communities both for people and for wildlife.

The web site will explain that not all ideas can be carried out - but that it is good to share everyone's 'vision' for tree planting.

There is support and ideas on the web site at

From accessing Woodland Creation Advisors to receiving free Community Tree Planting packs - there are ways to help plant trees for people of all ages and backgrounds in all communities.

MyView will generate a better understanding of the role the Woodland Trust is playing in inspiring more tree planting by linking Councillors, Local Authorities and community members together through an electronic, creative process that guides them to the support, funding and community initiatives being run through More Trees, More Good.