As National Tree Week – which runs from 26 November to 4 December 2016 – approaches, The Tree Council is encouraging everyone to consider how they can change views for the better by planting and celebrating trees. First mounted in 1975, National Tree Week is the UK's largest tree celebration and launches the start of the winter tree planting season.
Across the country, views of the landscape are changing as more and more trees fall victim to invasive pests and diseases. National Tree Week provides communities with the impetus to fight back by planting the trees of the future, celebrating local woodlands and attempting to change the view for future generations.
Each year, the festival inspires around a quarter of a million people to get their hands dirty and plant up to one million trees. This year is no exception, and fun, worthwhile and accessible tree planting events are taking place around the country, organised by The Tree Council’s member organisations, which include voluntary bodies and local authorities, as well as the network of 8,000 Tree Warden volunteers, schools, community groups and others. You can find out about the events taking place on the Tree Council’s interactive Near You map.
National Tree Week has an added resonance this year as 2016 is the 300th anniversary of the birth of Lancelot Capability Brown, the famous landscape architect who transformed views from so many of our best loved country estates, parks and gardens. He was nicknamed Capability due to his tendency to tell his clients that they had ‘great capability’ to improve the landscape. Few of us have large country estates at our disposal, but we each have the capability to change views by helping to plant more trees.
For those who don't have the opportunity to plant a tree, there are plenty of other ways to get involved in National Tree Week. People can celebrate trees by contributing a tree story or memory towards the Charter for Trees, Woods and People, which launches in a year's time in November 2017.
Or communities could dress a favourite local tree during Tree Dressing Day (3rd December 2016), which falls on the last weekend of National Tree Week. There are lots of different types of dressing, such as yarn-bombing, lantern hanging, or simply hanging decorations made by members of the community. Often these activities include other elements such as story-telling and bonfires.
Further information about National Tree Week can be found on the Tree Council website.
21 November 2016