Posted 25th Nov 2013
From 23rd November to 1st December, the 39th annual tree week is taking place, and to celebrate we spoke to The Woodland Trust to find out how you can get involved
Started by the Tree Council in 1975, National Tree Week launches the start of the winter planting season and is a chance for communities to do something positive for their local landscape. The Woodland Trust, the UK's leading woodland conversation charity, is sending out over half a million free trees to be planted this winter. Community groups such as sports clubs, Brownies and parish councils can apply for a pack to make their neighbourhoods and local areas greener. Packs come in small (30 trees), medium (105 trees) and large (420 trees), with medium and large packs available in six brilliant themes - wild harvest, wildlife, wetland, working wood, wild wood and trees ideal for year-round colour. Click here to find out more and how you can get involved.
A year ago, the harmful ash dieback was discovered in our woodlands. The disease is caused by a fungus called Chalara franexia, and sadly affects trees of all ages. Young trees can be killed in just one season, whereas older trees tend to succumb after several seasons of infection. Following this, The Woodland Trust has worked hard to tackle threats from pests and diseases. Experts across the UK and Europe agreed that the best way to tackle the disease is to try and ensure we have a diverse, resilient woodland in the UK. This means protecting ancient woodland, restoration and planting a mixture of new trees. The Trust is also a partner of a project called ObservaTREE, which makes uses of volunteers across the country to help experts identify trees with disease.
The Woodland Trust believes we should all have regular access to our beautiful woodlands. With trees such an integral part of our landscape - they provide habitat and food for wildlife, produce oxygen, reduce flooding and are a source of timber, fruit and fuel - it is so important that we create a real legacy for the future. So, take the time to visit your local woodland, plant a new tree or click here for fun ideas to do with the little ones, and together we can all do our bit for National Tree Week and help protect our glorious British woodlands.
Visit www.woodlandtrust.org.uk to find out more about The Woodland Trust.