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February 8, 2011, 12:18 pm
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When Auden wrote, ‘A culture is no better than its woods’, he knew that, having carelessly lost more of their woods than any other country in Europe, the British generally take a correspondingly greater interest in what trees and woods they still have left.  Woods, like water, have been suppressed by motorways and the modern world, and have come to look like the subconscious of the landscape.  They have become the guardians of our dreams of greenwood liberty, of our wildwood, feral, childhood selves, of Richmal Crompton’s Just William and his outlaws.  They hold the merriness of Merry England, of yew longbows, of Robin Hood and his outlaw band.  But they are also the repositories of the ancient stories, of the Icelandic myths of Ygdrasil the Tree of Life, Robert Graves’s ‘The Battle of the Trees’ and the myths of Sir James Frazer’s Golden Bough.  The enemies of the woods are always the enemies of culture and humanity.

– Roger Deakin Wildwood

I’ve picked up Deakin’s book to read this week as I convalesce from a virus.  His words are prophetic as we grapple with the outrageous Government proposal to sell off the public forests.  The resources for what you can do to prevent this are set out clearly here on blogpackinglight.  Please click on this and take action.


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