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First of 1.3 million trees are planted in NHS forest

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 06 October 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4115

The Tree of Life

People are like trees. With their roots planted firmly in the soil, trees stand tall
and straight, and survive inclement weather. Likewise, people whose roots are
firmly planted in family grow up strong and healthy, and survive adverse
But without strong roots, both people and trees become weak and frail. Ideally,
society is like an orchard, in which the strong and healthy shelter the weak and
frail, so that all life has a chance to be fruitful.

Competing interests:
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08 February 2010
Hugh Mann
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA