Well, today is the first day of National Tree week 23rd November – 1st December
Apart from celebrate this wonderful occasion what else can you do – pledge to plant a tree or two!
Look around you wherever you go, outside your front door, the local park, a city street, your nearest school, or community space, your garden, your neighbours garden.
Trees are never far from your eye-line wherever you go or wherever you are.
Imagine just for a moment, a world without trees, not only would we lose their huge environmental value and impact, but their positive affect on our wellbeing, a home and food source for wildlife, and their majestic beauty!
But we need more and more and more trees. By the end of the tree planting season 2019-2020 Birmingham Trees for Life will have planted 90,000 trees in 16-years. But we’re not about to stop any time soon.
One mature tree can absorb 48lbs of CO2 per year. Multiply that by 90,000– that’s epic!
We spread the message every day that trees do matter – they absorb carbon dioxide, toxins and smells, they produce oxygen, reduce flooding, increase shade, contribute to our overall health and well-being and improve the aesthetics of the landscape.
Throughout the tree planting season of November – March we work with school, communities Friends of Parks, businesses and volunteers to plant more trees.
What we and every individual or community we work with do is -create a tree legacy!
Planting a tree and watching it mature over years is a wonderful experience.
So today Birmingham Trees for Life is asking you for a small, but wonderful pledge!
Ask what you can do? Plant a tree or two!
You don’t have to plant a huge old oak tree, you don’t need a large space, you don’t even need to be a green fingered guru – you just want to make the world a better place!
Here is a list of of some beautiful, low maintenance, small trees to plant in your garden.
Your own tree legacy in the making….
Rowan – beautiful autumn colour, beautiful flowers in spring which are great for bees, producing berries in late summer which are a good for birds. Many smaller varieties are suitable for gardens.
Crab Apple – lovely blossom in spring and small apples in autumn which are great food for birds
Cherry – blossom in spring and then small fruits for the birds in autumn, beautiful autumn colour.
Hawthorn – lovely blossom in May for the bees and berries in autumn/winter for the birds.
Holly – there is a nice variegated variety which doesn’t have very spiny leaves
These are just a few examples of beautiful trees you can plant to improve your environment, make your garden look stunning and attract a wide variety of wildlife.
Always check the eventual height and spread of a tree before buying it for planting in your garden, to check it is an appropriate size for the space they have for it! There is lots of advice on how to plant a tree is available online – click here
Keep young trees regularly well watered for the first two years while in leaf (March-Sept) until they have established a good root spread.
Happy pledging! Happy planting!