National Tree Week 2013 runs from 23 November
through to 1 December ... get involved!
National Tree Week is the UK's largest celebration of trees, and is organised by The Tree Council.
Running from 23 November to 1 December it heralds the start of the British tree planting season.
This countrywide event is a chance for people of all ages to get involved in all manner of fun tree-related events.
In addition to The Tree Council, events are being organised by local authorities, community groups, schools and tree wardens – so there's likely to be something happening near you.
The main purpose of this week is to raise awareness of the importance of trees and to inspire hundreds of thousands of people all over the country to plant around a million trees in their local communities.
Events across the nation
Numerous tree planting events are being held right across the country, so if your main concern is to roll up your sleeves, get muddy and help get those trees planted then get cracking.
There are however plenty of other wonderful events of all kinds to educate, entertain and inspire being organized up and down the country.
Many community gardens, parks and arboretums are running guided tours designed to enlighten and inform on numerous fascinating topics – often with the added bonus of hot soups and tea and cake afterwards!
Here's just a small selection of what's going on during National Tree Week.
On the 10th December Westonbirt Arboretum is running a guided walk called Barking up the Right Tree, which identifies different tree barks, discusses their colour and texture and explores their historical uses.
Ecologists at Sheffield Wildlife Trust are running a Winter tree ID walk around Wyming Brooke on 30 November. This walk will aim to teach people the tricks of how to identify trees in winter without their leaves – quite a challenge!
National Tree Week poster
For those who like getting their hands dirty the park ranger at Fishwick Local Nature Reserve near Preston is running practical courses in woodland management work. On 27th November 2013 you can join him for an afternoon of learning how to coppice hazel and making hazel stakes and on the 28th you can put them into practice on the Hedgelaying course!
If hands on is not your style why not join the Herefordshire Tree Forum for one of their fantastic events?! The Tree-Huggers Ball on 30 November promises to be a lively evening of music and merriment with bands whose material is inspired by topical environmental issues and folklore. For a more mental challenge put your tree knowledge to the test at the Tree quiz on 25 November – a lighthearted pub quiz where all proceeds go to the Tree Forum.
If you've ever wanted to nurture your creative skills maybe the Drawing and Painting Trees workshop in Derby is for you! You'll come away with the skills needed to draw and paint different types of trees. It's part of the Markeaton Park Restoration Project, and it takes place on 23 November.
To get you in the mood for Christmas, there are several courses on making natural Christmas decorations. On 1 December Park Bridge Heritage Centre is running a Tree Dressing course, with decorations handmade from materials found in the forest
In Newton Mearns near Glasgow you can learn how to make your own willow Christmas wreath on their Winter Willow Weaving course.
...and there's more!
There are so many great events to get involved in, but if you can't find anything you fancy in your area, why not organize your own event? The Tree Council website has plenty of advice on tree planting, as well as an events poster to download.