National Tree Week 2013
LANT THE DIFFERENCE
National Tree Week 2013
Saturday 23rd November – Sunday 1st December
At the time of year when many life forms are thinking about hibernating or shutting down for a rest, The Tree Council wants everyone to wake up to the importance of trees and take action. The Tree Council’s National Tree Week is a celebration of trees and a call to arms for the bare-root tree planting season. In particular, it is an opportunity to remind everyone of the strength that comes from diversity in both the trees they plant and the communities they plant alongside.
This year, with Chalara fraxinea taking hold on the ash population, an important key to tree survival in the face of pests and diseases is going to be diversity of our tree stock. Already, trials are underway to see if any ash trees can be found that are resistant to the dieback; this hope is only feasible because of the slight differences in DNA sequences that arise through cross-pollination. Where there is a predominance of ash trees in the landscape, losses will be more noticeable and gaps, difficult to replace. The logical way forward for planters is to consider variety and diversity in their planting plans, Diversity is what will make our landscape resilient and our wildlife, healthy.
Tree planters can be just as diverse as the saplings they are planting. No matter what their age and regardless of their capabilities, people from all walks of life can make an important contribution to the quality of life for themselves and their neighbours by getting involved in community tree planting - or even taking the initiative for themselves. There are reasons to plant trees for every culture, faith and demographic. By coming together to make the environment better, in urban or rural locations, communities can share a common aim and plant the difference.
Pauline Buchanan Black, Director-General of The Tree Council said “Trees are important to people and vital to wildlife for many reasons. Alone or in woodland, in town and country, they are essential for the survival of many species. Some creatures, such as the Dormouse, are particularly associated with a tree habitat. In particular, the hazel provides food, home and a corridor along which Dormice can move without coming down to ground level. Trees with fruit and seeds are also important for bird life whilst those with nectar-rich flowers ensure the survival of insects and pollinators.me life forms live in the trees, some live under and others survive because of them. To all of us, in our diverse shapes and sizes, trees mean life. It’s National Tree Week – go out and plant the difference!”.