Another tree-mendous National Tree Week
National Tree Week brings communities together across the UK every year to plant and celebrate trees. This year kicked off with the first ever Tree Charter Day, which celebrates the Charter For Trees, Woods and People – a new charter which sets out the essential role trees and woods play in modern society. We're proud to be one of the 26 partners.
Our Tree Warden network was at the heart of tree plantings up and down the country, while woodlands, parks and public gardens nationwide hosted interesting and inspiring local events ranging from tree walks to family days to tree-inspired creative workshops.
The team at The Tree Council HQ dug out our boots and our gloves and got stuck into some tree planting, too! We joined Suffolk farmer called Greg who planted hundreds of trees on his family's 18 acres with the help of local schoolchildren and their families. Greg aims to have planted 4,000 trees by the end of the year! We also joined the Eastleigh Tree Wardens in planting a new hedge and fruit tree border to promote the health of Priors Hill Copse, as well as providing fruit to the local community. We helped plant more fruit trees for the future in Portsmouth, along the historic Charles Dickens Trail.
Another highlight for the team was joining the Hadley Wood Association and Rail User Group to begin a new hedge planting trial at Hadley Wood Station, where we were joined by the Rail Minister Andrew Jones and John Varley, chair of the Varley review into rail-side vegetation management. Our Chief Executive, Sara Lom, was also pleased to attend the event at which the winners of the International Garden Photographer of the Year competition entitled 'Celebrating Our Oaks', in partnership with Action Oak, were announced.
The week closed with the biggest ever tree planting weekend in London to help make London a National Park City.
Thank you to everyone who got involved in National Tree Week, especially our network of Tree Wardens! Don’t forget that trees need care all year round – read some tree care tips here.