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Here are some links you might like to take a look at:

Watch the trees breathe

This site has interesting information about tree lore and sacred trees.

Tree lore relating specifically to the Oak, like the Gnarly Man in A Jar Full of Angel Feathers.

The Woodland Trust has a great page about Britain’s ancient trees.

Legendary attributes of trees

Another interesting page about the Oak tree.

11 of Britain’s most legendary trees.

A Jar Full of Angel Feathers is written for fluent readers of 9 years of age upwards, and tells the story of seven-year-old Alex. Alex is angry and miserable. He has lost his mum, his Dad has packed him off to live in Cornwall with Great Aunt Mary for a year, and his most treasured possession has vanished. He hates the countryside after the noise and bustle of London, and there’s the Gnarly Man in Tappers Wood to worry about. Can the down-to-earth love of Aunt Mary, the friendship of a mysterious young girl, and a little bit of magic help Alex to turn his life around?


An ancient tree, the Gnarly Man, features in the story. I love trees! Whether they’re dressed in their summer finery, or completely bare in winter and silhouetted against a pastel hued sky, I can’t get enough of them. Did you know that they are the lungs of the world? Our lungs take in air, absorb the oxygen into the bloodstream, and release waste gas carbon dioxide back out again. Trees act in much the same way, by absorbing waste gasses through tiny ‘windows’ called stomata in their green leaves, and releasing oxygen back into the air. If you look at a bare tree in winter, it looks very much like the branching pathways in our lungs. How amazing is that!

     As the biggest plants on the planet, trees give us oxygen, store carbon, stabilise the soil and give life to the world's wildlife. They also provide us with the materials for tools and shelter.

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