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.
More detailed tips on caring for trees can be found on The Tree Council’s website: http://www.treecouncil.org.uk/Our-Work/Tree-Care-Campaign