Every year for 40 years, National Tree Week has shown us how to appreciate our woodland beauties. The life giving statues of our environment give so much and we need to make sure we enable them to do so for centuries to come. So whether you live in High Bickington, Ashford, Fremington or anywhere within the luscious green land of Devon, head outside and start planting some trees.
Take your pick – If the kids love conkers or making crayon leaf prints from oak leaves then plants these. Maybe you love the smell of a conifer that acts as a beautiful evergreen fence. If you love to indulge in the fruits of autumn, then plant an orchard of fruit trees or to celebrate Christmas get those pine Christmas trees in to decorate for years to come. While we may take trees for granted, mass deforestation is happening across the world, whether it’s to build houses or make loo roll, it really is becoming a huge problem.
During National Tree Week, Woodland and Tree associations organise fun events that take place at schools and outdoor areas within their community. This aims to raise awareness of all that trees give us and would highlight the problem North Devon would face without deep forests and stunning woodlands. Events have included a world record attempt at tree hugging and a guided tree tour with advice on which trees would grow best in your garden. This would be great to know depending on whether your garden is near the windy cliffs of Lynmouth, the sandy beaches near Croyde or a garden lawn in Barnstaple!
The Wildlife Trust in Essex organised a Tree identification event based on what their bark, buds and leaves look like in the winter. Glasgow had a lovely willow weaving event which gave people the opportunity to make beautiful wreaths and decorations for the festive period. For more advice and tips visit: http://www.treecouncil.org.uk/Take-Part/National-Tree-Week
To ensure our future Devonians can enjoy glorious trees all year round, lets all get together and boost the tree population. So lets have some Bonsai’s in Bideford, Palms in Pilton and some Monkey Puzzles everywhere as they look fantastic!
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