During the forthcoming tree year we want to highlight the immense contribution that a strong community and collective action play in tree protection and care. The 2015/16 theme – Communities Rooted To Trees – aims to guide and inspire communities to act on conservation issues. Just as trees need their roots to be cared for in order for them to thrive, so communities must be tended to enable them to grow and flourish.
Healthy trees grow from healthy roots, and healthy communities are those with a strong foundation. Successful community engagement, as demonstrated by The Tree Council’s Tree Warden networks and community action programmes, comes from the ground, up. Wherever they grow, if the roots of our trees aren’t receiving nutrition and water, their chances of healthy survival and growth are limited. To get community engagement right needs the same support.
Key 2015/16 community action programmes:
Seed Gathering Season Wednesday 23rd September to Friday 23rd October 2015
PUTTING DOWN ROOTS
Through this autumn campaign The Tree Council aims to inspire everyone, particularly school children and families, to gather seeds, fruits and nuts and grow the trees of the future.
National Tree Week Saturday 28th November to Sunday 6th December 2015
ROOTED IN THE COMMUNITY
First mounted in 1975, this will be the 40th anniversary of National Tree Week – the UK’s largest tree celebration annually launching the start of the winter tree planting season.
Tree Care Campaign Monday 21st March 2016 to Wednesday 21st September 2016
BACK TO OUR ROOTS
The annual Tree Care Campaign highlights the need for better care for all trees, in order to ensure their survival and increase the numbers reaching maturity.
Walk in the Woods month Sunday 1st May 2016 to Tuesday 31st May 2016
ROOTING FOR TREES
Every May, community groups, environmental organisations, local authorities and volunteer Tree Wardens organise Walks in the Woods to highlight the many benefits of trees and the need for their conservation and care.