October 8th, 2012 by The Tree Council
The UK Tree Council is holding a reception at the House of Lords on 28 November 2012 to celebrate Tree Council’s 38th annual National Tree Week, and launches Friends of The Tree Council, in support of volunteer Tree Wardens.
The Tree Council have invited two representatives from each Tree Warden Scheme in the British Isles (one Tree Warden and one political representative).
During National Tree Week 2012, The Tree Council is urging everyone who cares for their environment to take that step and put one tree – or more – in the ground.
This is not simply because a tree is a carbon sequestration and storage tool, and a regulator of the urban micro-climate that takes up air pollution, nor because it ameliorates adverse effects of weather, reducing wind speeds on blustery days, giving shade on hot days, cooling the air, reducing heating and air conditioning costs and saving energy, which in turn cuts down air pollution caused by burning fossil fuels – though it is, and does, all of these things. No, the benefits of a tree extend far beyond.
Every tree has a role in moderating rainstorm impact as part of sustainable drainage systems and storm water management, lessening the likelihood of flash floods.
Each one makes a major contribution to the restoration of derelict and degraded land after the ravages of industrial development, waste disposal or other man-made blights, and creates a more pleasant environment in which to live.
The UK’s native trees, individually and in woodlands, provide great habitats for wildlife and the sustainable cultivation of trees for renewable low-energy construction materials, charcoal, food, and as an alternative energy source are significant ways in which every tree will matter, more and more, in years to come.
“A tree planted close to where you live, work or study is good for you and for the nation’s condition; trees have been proven to have positive effects on mental health and as an antidote to stressful lifestyles, even aiding recuperation from illness,” Pauline Buchanan-Black, Director-General of the Tree Council, said.
“However, to be able to look out on a tree simply lifts one’s soul and gladdens one’s heart. That seems to be one of the most compelling reasons to argue that everyone should be able to see a tree from their window – and if you can’t, then now is the time to set about changing the view. Every tree matters as much for the beauty, growth and renewal, whether in urban or rural settings, that it demonstrates year on year as for the very practical benefits it brings.”
“Trees are an important part of every community and necessary to our very existence. The Tree Council’s National Tree Week is the perfect time to inspire more people to plant trees in their local communities.”
“It will see thousands more planted right across the country, helping to create neighbourhoods that everyone can be proud of,” Pauline Buchanan-Black said.
“The Tree Council applauds the efforts of the people who have already realised that every tree matters and successfully applied for Big Tree Plant funds to take that first step with their own community projects“.