This week in Britain is National Tree Week. This week of tree celebrations, timed to mark the start of the tree planting season, was launched in 1975 by the Tree Council and as my fellow blogger timr6 at Green Living London tells us, it’s still going strong. Here are some photographs to illustrate National Tree Week.
National Tree Week was launched when our landscapes were being ripped apart by Dutch elm disease. Now that’s history and there are glimmers of hope about replanting the elms. But we don’t have stately elm trees again, yet. Now we have the threat of ash dieback disease and other emerging tree diseases. National Tree Week couldn’t be more relevant than it is this year.
What should we do? Plant trees, yes. The Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) invites us to the Big Tree Plant. But I’ve mentioned previously how Clive Potter at Imperial College says that we should be more cautious about tree imports. I’ll add another note of caution: planting trees this week won’t be enough. The Forestry Commission says that you’ll need to care for your young trees.