Celebrate our greenery – create your own scenery!
As National Tree Week – the UK’s biggest annual festival of trees – approaches, The Tree Council is calling on everyone everywhere to celebrate the value of trees, plant more and appreciate them all.
Across the UK, the presence of trees in cities, towns and rural landscapes, continues to add value to our lives every day, in many different ways. The value that trees provide can sometimes be taken for granted: they not only create a habitat for all sorts of wildlife, but provide services to humans too. We get food, fuel and building resources from them; they help prevent flooding, clean our polluted air and water supplies and conserve energy.
Trees are good for business, too. It’s been proven that trees increase property values as well as footfall in shopping or business areas, all of which helps to boost the local economy. The value and contribution of trees is immeasurable, going back to childhood memories such as climbing a favourite tree, admiring the gorgeous autumn colours they bring or simply, being glad they are around us. Whatever the reason, trees are a valuable asset and deserve to be celebrated.
Each year, The Tree Council’s National Tree Week inspires around a quarter of a million people to show they value trees by getting their hands dirty and planting up to a million more. The festival marks the onset of the winter tree planting season but for those who don’t have the opportunity to plant a tree, there are plenty of other ways to get involved in accessible and fun tree related events taking place across the country. There’ll be something for everyone, from celebrating a favourite local tree to walks, talks, wood fairs, Tree Charter and Tree Dressing events. These are organised by The Tree Council’s member organisations, including voluntary bodies and local authorities, as well as our network of 8,000 Tree Warden volunteers, schools, community groups and others who value trees.
Tree Dressing Day falls on the last Sunday of National Tree Week. It was created by Common Ground in 1990 to encourage communities to come together and celebrate their trees. Events take place all around the country to ‘dress’ trees. Lots of different types of dressing can take place, such as yarn-bombing, lantern hanging, or simply hanging decorations made by members of the community. Often activities include other elements such as story-telling and bonfires.