Woodland Trust

I just applied for a copse pack!

Apply here:

I successfully applied for a hedge pack a couple of years ago and decided to go for a copse pack this time as it contains silver birch, Rowan and Wild cherry. I thought it would help us create a more private front garden area. The children play with all their friends from the cul-de-sac in the front garden and they make dens under the tree out there. It’s where they all have picnics and sit out in the sun in the mornings. Creating a more sheltered area would mean that Oona could also use the area. We are not allowed to fence the area, but creating a boundary line with trees will create the illusion of an enclosed space, making it a better space for the children to meet.

This is the guidance pack

As a home educating parent you can apply as a ‘school’. I called them first to check, you don’t have to lie, just fill in the form and say you home educate. I outlined the educational opportunities over the phone and they said it was fine. So get on with it!! You have until end of September!

The only problem is they deliver in November and you have to plant them out straight away…it’s a bit miserable planting trees in November, I can tell you!


My birthday is in November and I remember one year my Mother put this poem in my birthday card:



No sun – no moon!
No morn – no noon –
No dawn – no dusk – no proper time of day.
No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease,
No comfortable feel in any member –
No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees,
No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds! –

Thomas Hood


I remember feeling slightly dejected that she saw the time of my birth in such a negative light !


So get some trees, plant them then celebrate by setting off fireworks. Come on, help me prove my Mother (and Thomas Hood) wrong!






  6 comments for “Woodland Trust

  1. paula
    July 10, 2014 at 7:54 am

    Lets not look at November like that! My birthday is here too! The link isnt working for me 🙁

    • Mel Bridge
      July 10, 2014 at 8:01 am

      oooh I’ll check out the link and fix it, thanks!

      • Mel Bridge
        July 10, 2014 at 8:03 am

        I think I fixed it! Thanks for letting me know x

  2. July 11, 2014 at 7:07 am

    what a lovely idea, I’ve never heard of this before but i think i will be giving it a go 🙂

    • Mel Bridge
      July 11, 2014 at 10:31 am


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