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The 21st March is the United Nations 'International Day of Forests', which aims to raise awareness around the importance of trees to our climate, our ecology and our food. It is also the UK 'National Tree Week' 27th November - 5th December 2023.




Discussion questions


Who likes walking in the woods or a forest? What is the best time to go - when the bluebells are out, when it's hot and dry, or when the autumn colours are at their most beautiful?

Who remembers climbing a tree when they were young? Did anyone fall out of one?

Did anyone carve their name in bark?

Did anyone have a treehouse or den?

Hands up if you played a game of conkers? How do you make a winning conker?

Who likes having a log fire, indoors or outdoors? Don't forget to check for hedgehogs!

Has anyone a favourite tree or wood or forest? Where is it?

Has anyone a favourite fruit or nut which grows on trees?




Idioms


Ask members to complete these well known phrases together ...


Knock on WOOD

Chip off the old BLOCK

Thick as two short PLANKS

The apple doesnโ€™t fall far from the TREE

Turn over a new LEAF

Beat around the BUSH

Can't see the wood for the TREES

Put down ROOTS

Low hanging FRUIT

I don't give a FIG

The fruits of your LABOUR

A plum JOB

Barking up the wrong TREE

A hard nut to CRACK

Second bite of the CHERRY

The apple of your EYE

Peaches and CREAM

Money doesnโ€™t grow on TREES

A bird in the hand is worth two in the BUSH

Nip something in the BUD

Sleep like a LOG

Touch WOOD

Spitting SAWDUST





Quiz

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โ€‹ In which garden did Adam and Eve sin & what forbidden fruit did they eat?

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โ€‹ Which Bible story saw a dove finding land & which leaf was it carrying?

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โ€‹ Which king hid in a tree in the 'Battle Of Worcester' in 1651 & what type of tree was it?

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โ€‹ Trees that lose their leaves in the autumn (or fall) are called what?

What are those which keep their leaves called?


โ€‹ What makes leaves change colour in the fall?

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โ€‹ What is the biggest tree in the world?

What is it's proper name?

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โ€‹ What percentage of the oxygen we breathe comes from the Amazon rainforest (nearest guess)? (They also absorb much of the carbon dioxide we produce.)

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โ€‹ Beavers are being reintroduced to many parts of the UK. How do they help the environment?

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โ€‹ The Japanese art of keeping miniature trees is called what? (Has anyone kept one?)

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โ€‹ What is the art of shaping bushes and trees into different forms called?


โ€‹ Which country gives Trafalgar Square its Christmas tree each year (as a thank you for the UK armed forces assistance in World War 11)?

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โ€‹ Where, in Kenya, did Elizabeth learn that her father had died and she was now Queen (6th February 1952)?


โ€‹ Who climbed up the beanstalk & what did the Giant say?

What breakfast cereal is this an advert for?

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โ€‹ What did the Three Wise Monkeys say?

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โ€‹ Which folk hero lived in a forest & which forest was it?

Who is this actor?


TV theme - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JErQMxqvfBU

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โ€‹ Name this jungle living folk hero & his monkey and girlfriend?

Can anyone make his call?


TV theme - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cribX-s2IE&t=46s


โ€‹ What is a person who fells trees and cuts logs called (especially in America)?




Comedy sketch 'I'm A Lumberjack', Monty Python - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FshU58nI0Ts


Which actors are playing the lumberjack and his girlfriend?





Famous woody people



Can you name these famous woody characters or celebrities and say what they are famous for?





Tree dwellers



Name these tree dwellers + answer the associated questions ...


In which country do these black and white bears live & what do they exclusively eat?

How many toes on each foot do they usually have?

Which 1978 Clint Eastwood movie starred one of these primates (named Clyde)?

In which country does this bear live & what do they exclusively eat (I bet their breath smells great!)?

How much, in terms of DNA, are we alike (nearest guess)?

Which island country are these primates native to?

True or False. This creature is the only flying mammal?

True or False. They swallow their food whole?

How do they help with forestry?

Name the cartoon character associated with this bird & make his call?

What is a group of these called?

Name the cartoon character associated with this animal & what breakfast cereal did he advertise?





Classic TV clips




'Gerald The Gorilla', from 'Not The Nine O'Clock News' - https://fb.watch/lx3bS0JXOa/

'Life On Earth' (David Attenborough) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czgc56Vfz4w

'Panorama' April fool's joke - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8scpGwbvxvI





Things trees provide us with



Trees provide us with valuable resources. Name the trees & products ...


+ answer the following questions ...


What country & product is this tree associated with?

What would you do with these leaves?

Which chocolate bar is associated with this fruit?

True or False. Children had to learn how to eat these after the Second World War?

Which festive season is this spice associated with?

Which Italian liqueur does this spice flavour (it begins with a three letter name)?

How many apples does it take to make a pint of cider?

What colour plastic wrapper is used for Brazil nuts in a tin of 'Quality Street'?

Which vitamin is prominent in citrus fruits?

How did we used to eat these fruits?

What is the health benefit associated with eating these?

Which biscuits are these fruits associated with?






Here are a few more natural resources trees provide us with. Can members think of any more?




Complete this rhyme with members shouting out the bells ...





Other recognisable trees




Name these trees + answer the following questions ...


What do the Japanese call this revered blossom?

Which jungle animal is this tree named after?

Which emotion is this tree associated with?

Complete this well known saying, "Great **** from little ****** grow."

Who likes to eat these roasted?

Which season is this bush associated with?

You can make wine from this flower?

Name this Christmas tree?

Many of us have this colour paint of our walls?

What did we used to call these seed pods?

Which insect is this bush associated with?

Ellie Brooks had a 1981 hit single with this flower in the title?


Can anyone think of any more? Make a list ...





Factoid



"The Forest Man Of India" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06S3tQ6n4OM


How one man can make a world of difference and a different world.


Jadav Payeng is the subject of a short documentary called 'Forest Man'. Over 37 years, he planted a tree every day, creating a beautiful forest out of what was once a barren sandbar.






Name the tree & see how many of the birds you can name?





Woody music




'Trail Of The Lonesome Pine', Laurel & Hardy - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qApsAPnoH7c


In which state are the 'Blue Ridge Mountains'?



'Annie's Song', John Denver - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C21G2OkHEYo


In which US state is Denver?



'Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree', The Beverly Sisters - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YcyiC79l910


What is a collection of apple trees called?



'Ebony And Ivory', Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXAlfh6QKQs


What are ebony and ivory?



'Evergreen', Barbra Streisand - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udLeOOy6em4


Which 1976 movie did this song feature in?



'Norwegian Woord', The Beatles - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_V6y1ZCg_8


What is the capital city of Norway?



'Willow', Joan Armatrading - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hV0rhsMAiKM


Which children's TV presenter was Joan Armatrading rumoured to have had a relationship with?



'Knock On Wood', Amii Stewart - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKuJUxGntRI


What else would you do with wood for good luck?



'Hounds Of Love', Kate Bush ("It's in the trees, incoming.") - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VerK4zwMRQw


With which song off this 1985 album did Kate Bush have a worldwide number one last year?



'California Dreaming', Mamas & Papas - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-aK6JnyFmk


What is the name of the bridge that crosses San Fransisco Bay?



'Autumn Leaves', Eva Cassidy - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXBNlApwh0c


Her hit song 'Songbird' was a copy of a Fleetwood Mac song from which of their albums?




Which band was Paul Weller lead singer with?





Final singalongs




'The Bare Necessities', Phil Harris & Bruce Reitherman - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCvGH8E1bco


'I Wanna Be Like You', Louis Prima - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lU5qXEVvLQo



Name the characters?





Practical activities




You could make a 'Tree Of Life' collage, maybe with real leaves & writing words of care and respect on the trunk. You could also make animals and birds to go on the branches.


You could rub over leaves to make some colourful artwork for display.


You could make a fingerprint tree, maybe with members names on each branch their prints are on.







Answers



Eden / Apple

Noah/Olive

King Charles 11 / Oak

Deciduous / Evergreen

Chlorophyll, the green substance in leaves, breaks down as daylight fades and sugars are released

Giant Redwood or Sequoia

Over 20%

Beavers make dams and help prevent flooding. They also help many species thrive

Bonsai

Topiary

Norway

'Treetops'

"Fe, fi, fo, fum, I smell the blood of an Englishman." / 'Weetabix'

"Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil."

Robin Hood / Sherwood Forest / Errol Flynn

Tarzan ' Jane / Cheetah

Lumberjack



Michael Palin & Connie Booth



Twiggy (Lesley Lawson), Edward Scissorhands (Topiarist) (Johnny Depp), Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks)

Natalie Wood, Clint Eastwood, President George W Bush

Kate Bush, Elijah Wood, Judy Garland



In which country do these black and white bears live & what do they exclusively eat? PANDA / CHINA / BAMBOO

How many toes on each foot do they usually have? SLOTH / THREE

Which 1978 Clint Eastwood movie starred one of these primates (named Clyde)? ORANGUTAN / 'EVERY WHICH WAY BUT LOOSE'

In which country does this bear live & what do they exclusively eat (I bet their breath smells great!)? KOALA / AUSTRALIA / EUCALYPTUS

How much, in terms of DNA, are we alike (nearest guess)? CHIMP / 98.8%

Which island country are these primates native to? LEMUR / MADAGASCAR

True or False. This creature is the only flying mammal? FRUIT BAT / TRUE

True or False. They swallow their food whole? BARN OWL / TRUE

How do they help with forestry? RED & GREY SQUIRREL / THEY FORGET WHERE THEY BURIED THEIR NUTS

Name the cartoon character associated with this bird & make his call? WOODPECKER / WOODY WOODPECKER

What is a group of these called? BABOON / TROOP

Name the cartoon character associated with this animal & what breakfast cereal did he advertise? BENGAL TIGER / TONY THE TIGER / 'KELLOG'S FROSTIES'




What country & product is this tree associated with? MAPLE / MAPLE SYRUP / CANADA

What would you do with these leaves? BAY / USE THEM IN COOKING STEWS ETC

Which chocolate bar is associated with this fruit? COCONUT / 'BOUNTY'

True or False. Children had to learn how to eat these after the Second World War? BANANA / TRUE (THEY HAD NEVER SEEN THEM BEFORE BECAUSE THEY WERE NOT GROWN IN THR UK)

Which festive season is this spice associated with? CINNAMMON / CHRISTMAS

Which Italian liqueur does this spice flavour (it begins with a three letter name)? STAR ANISE / 'SAMBUCA'

How many apples does it take to make a pint of cider? APPLE / X30

What colour plastic wrapper is used for Brazil nuts in a tin of 'Quality Street'? WALNUT, HAZELNUT, ALMOND / PURPLE

Which vitamin is prominent in citrus fruits? LIME, ORANGE, GRAPEFRUIT, LEMON / VIT C

How did we used to eat these fruits? POMEGRANATE / WITH A NEEDLE

What is the health benefit associated with eating these? PLUM / PRUNES / THEY KEEP YOU REGULAR

Which biscuits are these fruits associated with? FIG / 'JACOB'S FIG ROLLS'




CORK, TOILET PAPER (DISCUSS MEMORIES OF THE WONDERFUL 'IZAL', PENCILS

PAPER, JENGA (GAMES), FURNITURE

FIRE, HOMES, IMPLEMENTS

ROWING BOAT, OUTDOOR BENCH, GUITAR (MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS)



What do the Japanese call this revered blossom? JAPANESE CHERRY / SAKURA

Which jungle animal is this tree named after? MONKEY PUZZLE TREE

Which emotion is this tree associated with? WEEPING WILLOW

Complete this well known saying, "Great OAKS from little ACORNS grow."

Who likes to eat these roasted? SWEET CHESTNUT

Which season is this bush associated with? HOLLY / CHRISTMAS

You can make wine from this flower? HAWTHORN BLOSSOM

Name this Christmas tree? SPRUCE

Many of us have this colour paint of our walls? MAGNOLIA

What did we used to call these seed pods? SYCAMORE / HELICOPTERS

Which insect is this bush associated with? BUDDLEIA / 'BUTTERFLY BUSH'

Elkie Brooks had a 1981 hit single with this flower in the title? 'LILAC WINE'






In which state are the 'Blue Ridge Mountains'? VIRGINA

In which US state is Denver? COLORADO

What is a collection of apple trees called? ORCHARD

What are ebony and ivory? WOOD & TUSK

Which 1976 movie did this song feature in? 'A STAR IS BORN'

What is the capital city of Norway? OSLO

Which children's TV presenter was Joan Armatrading rumoured to have had a relationship with? VALERIE SINGLETON

What else would you do with wood for good luck? TOUCH IT

With which song of this 1985 album did Kate Bush have a worldwide number one last year? 'RUNNING UP THAT HILL'

What is the name of the bridge that crosses San Fransisco Bay? GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE

Her hit song 'Songbird' was a copy of a Fleetwood Mac song from which of their albums? 'RUMOURS'

Which band was Paul Weller lead singer with? 'THE JAM'




Name the characters? BAGHEERA, KAA, SHERE KHAN, BALOO, KING LOUIE & MOWGLI

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