argylesock says… Years ago I helped to run a tree-planting scheme with what was then the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers. We had fun at schools, helping kids to plant trees, but I don’t think any tree aftercare was done.
“Plant a tree in ’73, bundle of sticks in ’76” is a refrain that is etched upon my mind. A recent query from one of our supporters about survival rates amongst the 6m trees we have planted under our Jubilee Woods project only served to reinforce the point.
I take any tree loss from schemes that we are involved in very personally – I’ve always made a point of revisiting sites that we have planted over the 19 years that I have been with the Trust and thankfully they are all in the main flourishing, and in many cases I am actually surprised by how well they have developed.
What are some of the key issues to think about in order to establish a new woodland successfully?
- Are trees actually right for the site or is the site more valuable as the habitat that currently exists there?
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