Our 2019/20 tree planting season in numbers
Despite the impact of Covid-19 and a nationwide lockdown at the tail end of our planting season, we were able to plant nearly 100,000 trees with thousands of local volunteers all across the UK between October 2019 and March 2020. It has been another highly successful year for us and we remain fully committed than ever to making our cities greener, happier and healthier places for all at a time in which the benefits of public green spaces have become more apparent than ever.
Please click the link below to get our full impact in numbers.
Why watering young urban trees is so important
As an urban tree planting organisation, our work does not end as soon as the trees are safely in the ground. As trees as organisms did not evolve in an urban environment, they require a bit more help to prosper and thrive in our towns and cities. One of the most important aspects of caring for newly planted trees is to have a watering regime in place throughout the warmer months. At Trees for Cities, our Urban Forest team makes sure the trees we plant in winter are properly looked after in the months to follow. We also encourage local residents to volunteer to become 'tree watering champions' in their local area.
Please click below to read more about why urban trees in particular need looking after:
Show bugs some love
Recent studies from around the world have shown that over 40% of insect species are at risk of extinction, and a third are endangered. While they may not be cuddly pandas and are not always welcome visitors to our homes, insects are absolutely vital for the ecosystems that sustain life on earth, whether this may be as pollinators, seed dispersers, or food for other species such as birds. As part of our Edible Playgrounds programme, we plant bug-friendly vegetable gardens and encourage young children to appreciate and care for these little creatures. Dead trees also offer great habitat for bugs and beetles and are an important part of a healthy woodland buzzing with life.
Click below to read more about how your own harden more bug-friendly: