What is National Tree Week?

What is National Tree Week?

Trees are an incredibly important part of our daily lives, especially in our urban environment. In cities such as London, the benefits are well-documented – from physical health and mental wellbeing to wildlife and adding value to our neighbours and communities (keep an eye on here for great events taking place in our park).

With National Tree Week 2019 upon us (November 23 – December 1), we take a look at why trees are so important for our community, and check out what Elephant Park is doing to make sure they are looked after.

What is National Tree Week?

The annual celebration, created by The Tree Council in 1975 to replant trees after the bad Dutch Elm disease, has grown into a renowned national event.

The Council is a coalition body, representing a broad range of organisations across the UK – including Councils and arboricultural consultants – that are all focused on “getting more trees, of the right kind, in the right places; better care for all trees of all ages and inspiring effective action for trees.”

National Tree Week is an opportunity to come together, to recognise what trees do for us, and how we can champion them, by “planting many more trees and caring for the ones we already have, to ensure a green, tree-filled future.”

Why are trees so important?

As the Tree Council say, trees give us oxygen (while clearing pollution from our cites), are a home to a variety of wildlife and help improve our wellbeing – like going for a walk.

Four key reasons to celebrate trees

  1. Trees benefit health – By absorbing pollutants and trapping dust, trees help to combat air pollution and make the air we breathe cleaner and safer.
  2. Help fight climate change – Trees absorb carbon dioxide as they grow, and by trapping the carbon in their trunks, they can help to mitigate the effects of climate change.
  3. Great for wildlife – Young, small trees are the perfect spot for birds, insects and fungi to live, while older, larger trees often provide shelter for bats, beetles, owls, woodpeckers and many other creatures.
  4. Community ties – Put simply, trees bring people together. Social gatherings and other events in Elephant Park are helping to build a stronger community.

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To read more about more about trees in and around Elephant Park, check out these links:

To get more involved in National Tree Week, check the ‘How to’ link here from The Tree Council, and check out planting and other activities near you.