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  • Writer's pictureMair

Conservation: Planting Trees for The Woodland Trust

Updated: May 15, 2020

Grab a spade and get out to plant a tree to support The Woodland Trust's campaign to fight climate change.

Issues such as air pollution are, in my opinion, a growing concern so I was excited to get involved and plant a tree or two to aid air quality.

The great thing about it is you can plant a tree wherever you are. Even if you live in a flat, grab a pot and seed your own, or if you have a garden, plant a tree in a suitable spot!

You can buy trees ready to plant on the Woodland Trust’s website, but I sourced saplings from weird and wonderful places they had rooted on the farm -and I do mean weird and wonderful!

There were the usual places that some seeds had landed in the wind– an oak emerged from the middle of the lawn, an Ash sprouted from the side of a building, and probably the most surprising, a sapling in a shallow tub of corks (disclaimer: a collection from my brothers wedding!). I didn't think about it before, but corks are made from wood fibre, which probably makes it an ideal place for them to grow. I carefully untangled the tree from the corks, but some had to stay as they were entwined in more delicate roots, and I didn't want to damage them.

I set off with the new trees to a clearing in the woods. Over the years, I've noticed the trees grow thinner here, mainly due to battering winds which have triumphed over them, knocking them over only be used later for firewood. I thought it was about time to replenish them.

I dug a hole, which was deep enough for the roots, but still keeping the original level that the tree had grown from. If you dig a hole that's too shallow, the tree won't root properly and die, and if it's too deep the stem may rot. Pat down the soil around the tree to secure it, but not too much - you need to water to drain into it and the air to circulate around it.

You can also use a tree guard to protect saplings, to prevent them being eaten by wildlife and also an added layer of protection against the wind!

I dotted my trees around the clearing, some on the top of the bank where there was plenty of light, and some on the edge of the bank so the roots would act as a natural support. Fence lines are also a popular place to plant trees to block out noise pollution or make an area more private. However, if you live in a built up area, always consider how this would affect your neighbours or those around you.

It's also important to make sure you have permission to plant a tree in to the spot of land you have chosen, and that the type of tree is suitable for the conditions. If you're unsure, head over to the Woodland Trust's website for up to date information and help.

Did you plant a tree after reading this blog? We'd love to hear how you got on...


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