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Share a view that matters in Dorset this autumn

PUBLISHED: 10:31 16 October 2015 | UPDATED: 10:36 16 October 2015

John Constable's iconic Hay Wain - reimagined without the trees

John Constable's iconic Hay Wain - reimagined without the trees

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With the increasing presence of tree disease across the UK the Woodland Trust is asking people in Dorset to share a view that matters this autumn by taking a photo of a tree-lined street, park or woodland which is prominent in the local environment.

The charity will collate the most inspiring and picturesque photos to create an archive of tree-lined vistas throughout the UK, and encourage people to keep an eye on the health of native trees during autumn. As many as 12 million ash trees outside of woods are at risk of being affected by ash dieback alone, just one of many diseases on the increase in the country.

Some of the Trust’s most inspiring woods to visit in Dorset include Duncliffe Wood near Shaftesbury and Little Giant Wood near Stoke Abbott.

Austin Brady, Woodland Trust director of conservation, said: “Tree pests and diseases have the potential to transform the landscape, which is why we’d like to capture this snapshot of the environment. The public can help us identify locations with valuable or iconic treescapes so we can be proactive and build resilience and connectivity across the countryside.”

The public can also play their part by planting trees to help keep the landscape connected and replace trees which could be lost to disease. The charity provides free tree packs to schools and communities as well as advice to landowners looking to plant at a larger scale. The trees will be supplied as part of a £4.5m investment in native tree stock by the Trust, which ensures all the trees the charity provides are grown in the UK from fully traceable seed stock sourced throughout the UK and Ireland.

The Trust will select a winning photo after the closing date on 27 November, which will see the photographer receive a two day break at a DoubleTree by Hilton hotel of their choice anywhere in the UK. Runners-up will receive a bundle of Wild Things Publishing books and guides. Find out more at www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/viewthatmatters

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