Tree Care Campaign 2016
BACK TO OUR ROOTS
The Tree Council launches annual Tree Care Campaign on 21st March
As Britain recovers from the recent heavy rainstorms, The Tree Council is urging everyone to spare a thought for young trees battling against the elements and take part in its annual Tree Care Campaign.
Running from 21st March to 21st September each year, the campaign encourages communities to spend a little time on regular tree care activities to help trees withstand hazards such as extreme weather or pests and increase the number reaching maturity.
Mature, sturdy trees can reduce flooding and calm fast gusts of wind. However, for trees to grow strong enough to shield us from unsettled conditions, they need a little protection themselves. Trees that have been planted in the last three years are particularly vulnerable to stormy weather because their roots have not yet grown deep enough to firmly anchor them in the soil.
This year’s Tree Care Campaign theme, ‘Back to Our Roots’, also highlights how caring for trees they have planted together over the years can help communities to preserve and strengthen their roots. The initiative reminds people to revisit young trees to check for signs of damage or stress and take action if necessary.
For example, a waterlogged tree can be helped out by digging a channel to drain excess water away, while one that has been battered by strong winds may need its ties and stakes adjusting or replacing. Trees may also benefit from tree care activities such as mulching, weeding and pruning.
Pauline Buchanan Black, Director-General of The Tree Council, says: ‘Planting trees is one of the best things that a community can do together but joining forces to care for and conserve those trees is even better.
‘Many young trees will have taken a beating in the recent heavy rains and strong winds and may desperately need to have their supports replaced or adjusted. And, as spring gets underway, trees may find themselves competing with grass and weeds for nutrients, so a spot of grass cutting, weeding and mulching may be in order.
‘These are just a few reasons why The Tree Council is encouraging community groups to “go back to their roots” and ensure that they go on benefiting from all that trees have to offer for years to come.’
More detailed tips on caring for trees can be found on Tree Care Campaign page of our website (http://www.treecouncil.org.uk/Our-Work/Tree-Care-Campaign).