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National Tree Week

Keeping trees healthy in National Tree Week. Picture; BASF
Keeping trees healthy in National Tree Week. Picture; BASF

Let’s plant one million trees – November 24-December 2

National Tree Week has come round again, with the chance for communities to come together and aim to plant more than one million trees.

Since the first event in 1975, National Tree Week is the UK’s largest tree celebration launching the start of the winter tree planting season.

Each year, The Tree Council’s member organisations – voluntary groups, councils, up to 200 schools and 8,000 Tree Wardens – set up events, inspiring people to get their hands dirty and plant trees.

To take part in events, or to organise and publicise your own, visit https://www.treecouncil.org.uk/.

The Tree Council logoNematodes for fruit trees

A big supporter of National Tree Week is BASF, the UK’s only beneficial nematode growers.

To keep your fruit trees safe, Nemasys Fruit and Vegetable Protection will ensure that pests are kept away.

Nematodes, such as Nemaslug and the Nemasys range, are naturally occurring microscopic animal organisms that act as biological pest control.

Once applied to trees, these nematodes can hunt out the harmful pests and attack it before it gets to your fruit.

Natural way to control pests

Nematodes attack the pest by entering natural body openings, releasing a bacteria which quickly and safely kills it.

The nematodes then reproduce inside the dead pest and release a new generation, which disperse and search for further prey.

The Nemasys range is simply watered in and there is no need to keep children or pets away, as the products are entirely biological and cause no harm to wildlife.

You can buy a full season’s worth of pest control via their website to be delivered straight to your door – they are available at good garden retailers online.

To take part in National Tree Week events near you, visit www.treecouncil.org.uk/Take-Part/Near-You.

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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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