Celebrating our trees during National Tree Week
Published on: Monday 14th December 2015
We celebrated the role trees play in all our lives at our annual Tree Dressing events during National Tree Week. Families joined in our activities including tree decoration making, willow weaving, storytelling, felt craft and green wood working.
National Tree Week has been celebrated since 1975 and marks the start of the winter tree planting season. Trees are often described as the lungs of the earth providing us with oxygen and food and homes for animals, birds and insects. A mature English Oak Tree is home to over 284 species of insect!
We take a look at some interesting tree facts and the impact they have on our lives and environment.
- The oldest tree in the UK and perhaps in Europe is believed to be the Fortingall Yew near Aberfeldy in Scotland, and is thought to be 5,000 years old
- Trees shrink as they become ancient, becoming shorter and squatter. It's a great survival strategy as it means they can cope better with high winds
- The UK has the largest concentration of ancient trees in Northern Europe
- Two mature trees provide enough oxygen for a family of four
- Trees help reduce the "greenhouse effect" by absorbing CO2
- By cooling the air and ground around them, the shade from trees helps cool the Earth's temperature
- Trees help prevent city flooding by catching raindrops and offsetting run-off caused by buildings and parking lots
- A fully-grown Oak in the UK grows - and sheds - 250,000 leaves every year and produces around 50,000 acorns in a good year
- It has been estimated that in 50 years one tree recycles more than £60,000 worth of water, provides £50,000 worth of erosion control, £100,000 worth of air pollution control, and produces £60,000 worth of oxygen