Treesponsibility - Climate change of a different kind
Location: Calderdale, West Yorkshire
Collaborators: other members of Treesponsibility
Clients: local land and community; local landowners
Lifetime of the project: 1997- present
Time of my involvement: 2000 - 2006
Themes: Land restoration; woodland and forestry; community governance
This was about as Rock'n'Roll as tree planting can get! The strapline "climate change of a different kind" hints at the idea that Trees' are trying to create a new culture of appreciating trees and woodland in an area that in recent history was among the most deforested in Britain with as low as 1% in 1900. The threat of climate change with its local effect of increased flash flooding was seen as the starting point for a three-pronged strategy:
education about the causes of climate change;
reforestation to address both causes and effects;
direct action and campaign work targeting climate criminals.
Treesponsibility still exists and manages to plant over 10,000 trees most winters. If you haven't experienced one of their plantings yet, go and join one as soon as you can! www.treesponsibility.com
Community interaction - Trees' are an active player in the Calder Valley's culture. This has been recognised by several grants and awards over the years. This graphic shows some of the interactions with other actors in the area.
Income sources - Diversity is key for a sustainable income strategy. Trees' have a pretty good approach to it, picking their eggs from up to 5 baskets.
Working structure and outreach - this descriptive graphic uses the "spheres of agency" model, a version of social "zoning". I first came across this model during the CRASH course in London in 2009, and have found it useful in many situations where interaction with the public is relevant.
Other files that are available on request detail the process of maing decisions about choosing planting sites, and the annual cycle of activities.
Dongria Kondh, Billy Nargakusala Frugal