sure, like us, you want your trees to thrive but did you know the
saplings you recently planted will be at their most vulnerable during
Why not give them a helping hand by getting your community together for a 'mulch and munch' day, to include a well-earned
As well as providing a tasty treat for animals, young trees compete with
grass and weeds for light, nutrients and water. One way that you can
give your trees the best start is by weeding around their base.
Love it or loathe it, weeding increases your saplings' chances of
survival and enhances their growth rate by reducing competition. If you
can follow weeding by mulching the exposed base with a thick layer of
bark chips, squares of old carpet or straw you'll
be helping your saplings become stronger trees for future generations
you know that blackthorn supports over 100 species of insects and is
the foodplant of caterpillars of the brown and black hairstreak
butterfly? It's also the favourite
nesting place of nightingales.
Friends of Cuthill Park in Prestonpans, East Lothian wanted to improve
the facilities and biodiversity of their park, helping encourage more
local people to visit
and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.
The group originally wanted to create a community garden but had no
funding. After hearing about the Woodland Trust's free tree packs in the
national press, Jan Barker applied for a Wild Harvest pack.
"The free trees for communities scheme has brought together a variety of
local groups who now help each other out. It introduced me to the
Woodland Trust and now my children are proud members of
Planting trees was the catalyst for so many more activities within our
park. We have since gone on to purchase more trees, including heritage
variety fruit trees, and create pathways. It has made our local
authority take the efforts of the group much more seriously
and we are now much more engaged with the council who consult us before
carrying out maintenance.
We have a wildflower meadow and decorative railings planned for the
park. We are now a designated QEII Field in Trust so our park is
protected for ever – all because we began planting an edible hedgerow!"
Don't forget if you know of more space locally that would benefit from
trees you can apply now for another pack. Please do share this
enewsletter with your friends - they might like some free trees to
enhance their community too.