National Tree Week is the UK’s largest annual tree celebration, which marks the start of the winter tree planting season. Everyone is encouraged to dig in and get planting – the UK has only 13% woodland cover, compared with an EU average of 37%.
This year, we chose to mark the week by planting trees at our Trees for Life Wood at the RHS Garden Harlow Carr. Our fledgling woodland has been created to bring to life how trees and woodland have been and continue to be vital for people and planet.
It hosts over 1000 trees, with an emphasis on native species, and illustrates the uses of trees in transport, livelihoods, food and fodder, shelter and medicine as well as their fundamental role in helping to prevent and adapt to climate change.
The wood is also home to our 3 millionth tree, planted in 2007 with the help of Blue Peter who helped to inspire the beginnings of our Trees for Life campaign.