Hi, this week I wanted to talk a little bit about trees. I’ve always loved trees and I really do think they are unappreciated and undervalued. In light of this I thought I’d try and explain why planting trees is so important and how you can do your bit.

  • 6,000 years ago tree coverage in the UK was 75% but has now fallen to around 12%, this is a massive drop and one which is solely caused by humans.
  • The amount of oxygen produced by an acre of trees per year equals the amount consumed by 18 people annually.
  • One acre of trees removes up to 2.6 tons of carbon dioxide each year.
  • Shade trees can make buildings up to 20 degrees cooler in the summer.
  • Tree roots stabilize soil and prevent erosion.
  • Trees improve water quality by slowing and filtering rain water, as well as protecting aquifers and watersheds.
  • Tress provide natural habitats for wildlife and birds.

Not only do trees have positive impact on the environment but they also have more personal benefits.

Planting a tree in your garden is one of the most satisfying things you can do, and you’d be surprised at how much it will grow each year. It is your garden’s natural vegetation – its supposed to be growing there. If you are privileged enough to have a large garden, don’t just plant a small tree, really go for it – plant an Oak or a Beech. Another idea – plant two and hang a hammock in the middle- perfect for a Sunday afternoon nap in the summer.

So to sum up, trees can bring huge benefits to our environment but also to our personal well-being by just having a beautiful tree in your garden, and knowing that you put it there!

If you’ve got any questions about how to go about planting a tree in your garden don’t hesitate to come in and ask one of our team.

Other things to mention – we’ve only got 15 places left for our Dinner with Trigger from only fools and horses so if you’re thinking of coming book now.

We’ve had the girls from Country Living Workshops in this morning doing our first workshop: Chutneys Pickles and Preserves. It was a massive success, with everyone really happy. If you fancy giving someone an early Christmas present bring them along to our Christmas chocolates course on the 17th of November.

Ashley Warren

Ashley Warren has lived and loved horticulture and agriculture all his life; he had his first greenhouse at the age of 10 and his first cow when he was 16. He started landscaping in 1984 mainly in Milton Keynes and then all over the country. He moved to Daventry Road Farmhouse in 1987 and has developed Bell Plantation Garden Centre in Towcester, Northants over the last 30 years.

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