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Since 2008 the Welsh Government has pledged to plant a tree for every new child born or adopted in Wales. Write a story involving one of the trees or forests.
You can read more about the scheme here
You could take this down a supernatural/fantasy root (pun intended).
- What if the child’s life was linked in some way to the tree, perhaps their life is even linked to that of the tree. What would a parent do to protect the tree and ensure it flourished as it grew?
- You could write from the point of view of the tree over a long period of time. What does it witness? How does the tree itself change/mature?
- You could write in the genre of climate change. How does this scheme affect the planet? This could either be from a positive or negative perspective.
- Or, from a conflict point of view, think about who might not be in favour of this scheme. This could be a developer who wanted to build on the cheap land that the Government is now using for a forest. Or someone in a community who sees farmland being bought up for tree planting and their way of life disappearing. What might someone do to sabotage the forest- arson, breaking the the saplings, etc?
Remember you don’t have to use a traditional style of storytelling. You could write your story as the minutes of a meeting, a newspaper report, a personal letter.
You might not have time to write a long story with all the background info filled in so jump straight into the action. You can always add backstory when it comes to revising.
Katie Bennett-Davies lives in Wales with her husband and cat, Didi. Living with disabilities has allowed her to see the world from a different perspective. She enjoys pottering in the garden and drinking too much coffee.
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