The UK’s largest tree celebration takes place this week to bring together schools and communities to participate in the annual launch of the tree planting season.
National Tree Week endeavours to highlight the importance of trees and to encourage communities to contribute positively to their local treescape.
It was founded in 1975 as the national tree planting campaign to follow up the great success of the National Tree Planting Year, ‘Plant a Tree in ‘73’, the year in which the Dutch Elm Disease killed off millions of trees.
The Tree Council, the umbrella body for UK organisations involved in the planting and conservation of trees, was founded in 1974 to build on the success of the ‘Plant a Tree in ‘73’ campaign. As a result, each year the council’s member organisations (made up of schools, charities, tree wardens and local authorities) set up events across the country to gather upward of a quarter of a million people to muck in and plant around a million trees.
The Woodland Trust also plays a key role in the annual celebration. This year, as part of their Jubilee Woods project, the trust has sent out 18,500 tree packs to schools and communities, which will result in the planting of 1,800 acres of trees.
National Tree Week this year takes on a special significance with the spread of Ash Dieback which is currently affecting and increasing number of Ash trees in the UK. Raising awareness of trees and tree-planting at this time is vital in order to help educate the public about this deadly tree disease and hopefully mitigate its effects before it does serious damage to the UK Ash.
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ITF Tree Facts
- Trees provide shelter, fuel, medicine and nutrition.
- They enable us and other species to breathe.
- 1.6 billion people depend on forests for their livelihoods.
- 50% of the world’s species live in tropical forests alone.