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.
Pauline Buchanan Black, Director-General of The Tree Council, commented: ‘Whichever way people choose to mark the occasion, National Tree Week is a great time for individuals, communities and families across the UK to recognise and celebrate the value of trees. For too long, their huge economic and environmental value has been understated, and National Tree Week is the time to turn that around.’
‘Everyone with a place to plant a tree can grow their own and watch it develop for the next generation.’ she continued ‘The value it adds, to the earth, to the pocket and to the heart, will form a legacy that can be widely appreciated by everyone, even those not yet born’.