Whilst the recognition of and the importance of trees is increasing, maybe now more so than ever, as the threats of climate change become more significant – this #NationalTreeWeek , we’re taking a moment to really appreciate some of our personal favourites.
Originating from China, the willow tree was believed to hold the power to ward off evil spirits, bringing good luck and protection – the branches were often carried around or placed in doorways, practices that have been prevalent in cultures across the world.
The long, dangling branches flow in the breeze, representing flexibility and strength, able to withstand the test of the elements the willow tree has been a symbol the capability to withstand hardship and loss, whilst also being a survivor and sign of rebirth due to its longevity and ability to create new life from its cuttings. Versatile in abilities and strong in its symbolism, the willow tree has been found mentioned in history and literature from every walk of life.
For centuries, people have identified with the weeping nature of the willow, experiencing the same traits of love and loss, no matter the language or circumstance. The willow tree remains a reminder of the endurance and pure hearted nature of humanity.