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National Tree Week 2016

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White bark of the silver birch

Celebrating the winter tree planting season

Running until 4 December, National Tree Week is the UK’s largest celebration launching the start of the winter tree planting season, which has been running since 1975.

Each year, The Tree Council’s member organisations – councils, schools, community groups, 8,000 tree wardens and others set up events, with about 250,000 people planting about 1,000,000 trees.

The Tree Council logoEvents near you can be found on the Tree Council’s website, www.treecouncil.org.uk.

National Tree Week culminates with Tree Dressing Day on Saturday, December 3. This year, free resource packs designed by Common Ground are available containing everything you need to hold a ‘re-leaf a winter tree’ activity.

The following events are taking part this weekend:

3 December, Orchard planting day: Community Field, Gibside Community Farm, Fellside Road, Burnopfield, County Durham NE16 5LA. There are 24 half-standard apple trees to plant in the Gibside Community Farm Orchard, next to Holly Riding School, from 10am weather permitting. Please contact Garry Jenkins 07581 480 406 if you would like to help. More information on www.gibsidecommunityfarm.co.uk.

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The beauty of autumn trees

3 December, Tree Trail and Tree Planting: Walker Park, Newcastle (meet outside the cafe). Free event organised by Friends of Walker Park – join them and the park ranger for a tree trail and planting.

West End Women And Girls Centre Sweet Chestnut, Elswick Park, Newcastle, planted 16 March 2013. One of The Tree Council’s 60 educational tree planting schemes inspired by the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Each tree was chosen and planted by volunteers. Groups at the centre run a community garden in the park where they grow organic fruit, vegetables and flowers. In March 2013, members of the Grow It group (girls aged eight to 18) met Pat Fisher, an older member and volunteer, to find out what the park was like when she was young, 60 years ago.

You can sign up to The Tree Council’s newsletter, with timely information about tree planting, where to site them, suitable varieties and sizes, where to buy them, when to plant and general health tips. More information on www.treecouncil.org.uk.

For my recommendations on trees for small gardens, click here and the best for coloured winter bark will magically be found here.

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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