National Tree Week at Mires Beck
National Tree Week is the UK's largest annual tree celebration. The 28th November to the 6th December marks the start of the winter tree planting season which is the end of November to March.
The Tree Council first established National Tree Week in March 1975 because replanting of trees was required in the UK after a Dutch Elm Disease outbreak. Dutch Elm Disease is a disease caused by fungi that is spread by elm bark beetles. It causes rapid browning, shrivelling and the death of elm trees.
The Tree Council's member organisations (e.g. voluntary bodies, authorities, 200 schools and community groups, 6000 volunteer Tree Wardens, and many others) annually support Tree Week by setting up events every year.
This special week gives the community a chance to do something positive for their local trees, as well as discussing the importance of trees and key environmental issues.
Last year, Mires Beck planted 1900 trees between November and March. The species planted included Oak, Silver Birch, Alder, Hazel, Hawthorn, Blackthorn, and many others.
This year, we have grown 70,000 native seed species which will be going out to forestry projects in East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire. We will be planting more trees, and making our hedgerows wider, to further enhance our wildlife. The tree team and the volunteers will be planting roughly the same species as last year, but this time they will also be adding Alder Buckthorn and Dogwood to the mix.
Oak can support 380 different species of insect, which attracts lots of birds and bats (for example, Pipiatrelle) that feed on the insects. The fruits from Wild Cherry, Blackthorn and Hazel are essential food for many birds, small mammal species, and birds of prey (such as Owls and Kestrels).
Next year, our target is 150,000 native tree species to contribute to the Government green targets for tree planting.
You can get involved with tree week in schools and your local community by planting trees (such as Pedunculate Oak) in your area, or your garden to provide a feeding ground for the birds! Also, you could sponsor a Silver Birch tree in our Jubilee Wood.
Educating the kids while walking around the park, testing them on different trees, and explaining why they are important for the environment sounds great fun! If you are unsure about trees yourself, you can download the Woodland Trust app onto your phone, which allows you to ID the trees you are looking at.