National Tree Week 2019: a nation takes up its boots and spades and plants trees!
Millions of people around the country became tree champions in 2019’s National Tree Week, laying down roots for a tree-filled future. Inspired by the growing recognition of the immeasurable value of trees, it was quite possibly the biggest and best since Plant a Tree in 1973 inspired the annual celebration! Here are just some of the many highlights of an amazing week for trees.
Tree Warden networks get out and plant with their communities
As they do every year, volunteer Tree Warden networks around the country led the way in planting orchards, hedgerows, woodland walks, edible gardens and more. Just some of the projects done by Tree Wardens this year included:
- Andover’s Tree Wardens united with other tree organisations in the area to plant disease-resistant elms with 25 school groups, helping to provide butterfly habitats.
- Tadworth and Walton Tree Wardens planted 30 fantastic new street trees
- Suffolk Tree Wardens planted 9,000 trees and shrubs alongside the Woodland Trust Eastern Claylands Project and Suffolk County Council
Other thought-provoking events included a tree walk with the Havant Tree Wardens, and Reading Tree Wardens hosted a fantastic lecture with a speaker from the university. The Tree Council were pleased to be able to attend several Tree Warden events including an orchard in Merton funded by Greater London Authority, and the planting of a community orchard organised by Portsmouth Tree Wardens commemorating those who fought in World War One.
Young people plant a better future
Young people around the UK got out to plant trees in historic numbers this year. The Tree Council are proud to provide grants each year to support schools and community groups to organise their own tree planting projects. This year, sixty community groups received a Tree Futures grants to plant a tree-riffic 9,000 trees! Just some of the projects include inspirational environmental campaigner Amy Bray and her charity Another Way who planted 1,600 trees in Cumbria. Bowling Green Primary in North Bradford organised a fantastic planting event which focussed on giving children from an underprivileged area access to nature and learning. In a partnership between ourselves and our friends The Orchard Project, Newton Mearns Baptist Church in Glasgow created a community orchard as part of their commitment to being a eco-friendly church community.
Daily Mail readers become Tree Angels for Christmas
Celebrities including John Humphrys and Griff Rhys Davies joined The Tree Council, Tree Champion Sir William Worsley and thousands of Daily Mail readers in supporting the Be A Tree Angel campaign, which will create 1,000 orchards in 1,000 schools and support tree planting projects across the UK. The money raised by the campaign includes the vital tree care that will keep trees healthy and thriving for years to come. The campaign is giving trees a special spotlight over six weeks of Daily Mail coverage, raising much-needed awareness of the importance and joy of trees, and how everyone can play their part in ensuring a tree-filled future. Coverage has included a piece on the healing power of trees around health facilities, and a fantastic keepsake guide to tree planting in your garden from Monty Don.
Tree organisations unite to plant trees
Our friends and partners at Trees for Cities, the Orchard, Project, Friends of the Earth and many more organised mass-planting events which engaged thousands of people in the celebration, many of them for the first time. Hammersmith school students planted 6,000 trees in a day with The Conservation Volunteers (TCV), and the Woodland Trust saw 1,000 young volunteers getting involved at their Young People’s Forest at Mead. We were delighted to join Trees For Cities at their tree planting event in Beckton, East London on Saturday 30 November during which 9,000 trees were planted for the community to enjoy.
If you planted a tree this National Tree Week, THANK YOU! You’ve laid down roots for a tree-filled future. Don’t forget to look after your newly planted trees, hedgerows and orchard trees with these 8 simple aftercare tips.