The new single and video from Bryn Haworth

Talking about the project, Bryn said ‘we have a small area of historic woodland backing onto our gardens. When I heard developers planned to remove the trees and replace them with a city style cul-de-sac my wife and I found ourselves swept into the battle to save the trees and the abundance of wildlife that has flourished here for 100s of years.’

Early one Spring morning I was in the garden, feeling sad about it, and hearing the birds sing in the trees, this song came.
Neighbours from our surrounding streets have voiced their concerns and 130 of them objected to the plans; we’ve had meetings with local councillors as the strength of feeling and outrage has grown. We’re all doing everything we can to stop the development. Everyone has something they can do.

Nigel Walk who has made films for National Geographic and the BBC caught hold of the vision and wrote a wonderful storyline for the video which we filmed in locations in and around London in April . The films also features 5 year old Poppy, who represents the new generation who are in danger of growing up into a foul aired, brown and unpleasant land. I believe it’s up to us all to do whatever we can individually, so the following generations will have a beautiful Earth to live on.

The first recorded horse race meeting in the country took place between Epsom and Banstead Downs on 7 March 1661, in the presence of Charles II. The original ‘Straight Mile’ course started by an old copse of trees – the Garlichill Shaw.
The first Derby race, named after local resident Lord Derby, was run on this course May 4 1780 and won by Diomed, Sir Charles Bunburys horse. (The original straight mile was changed in 1884 to its present location in the middle of Epsom Downs)
In the 1930’s with the arrival of a train station larch trees were added to the Shaw, to stop pollution from the trains, and the woods became known at the Garlichill Larches. A small central copse marked the top point of the woodland and was a favourite meeting place known as The Spinney.
Many of the larches were destroyed in the great storms of 1977/8 and ‘87 and neighbours got together to replant much of the woodland. Local feelings run deep about the history and beauty of our trees.
These are the 34 trees developers want to remove.

There are around 7.5 billion of us in the world. If more of us individually stand up for our local trees the task of saving our world’s lungs becomes possible.
If you feel your trees are under threat I hope you will feel encouraged to stand up for them, and say ‘NO’ to indiscriminate felling. It might be a tree in your garden or on your street or playing field, it might be in the Amazon.

Painting: Haitzinger, Horst.