Did you know the UK’s gardens cover an area bigger than the Lake District and Peak District combined? And that’s not including the allotments, parks and playing fields dotted across our towns and cities. These urban green spaces are vital for both people and wildlife. We can make them even greener by planting trees. That’s why we’ve launched our brand new urban tree packs. You can order yours today!
Whether you live in the country or a city, we want everyone to have the chance to plant a tree. We know space is limited in urban areas, so our packs contain a mix of 15 saplings ideally suited to this environment.
You can plant them in your school grounds, local park or even share with your neighbours to green your whole street.
If you’re part of a school or community group, you can apply for a pack free of charge. If not, they are available for a small subsidised fee on the Woodland Trust shop.
Why plant trees anyway? Here are three reasons to get planting in your town or city:
Plant for wildlife
The urban environment can be hostile for wildlife. Trees provide a vital source of food and shelter. Birds nest in branches and eat fruits and seeds, while a host of invertebrates depends on trees for survival.
Mammals benefit too. Research has shown urban green sites with trees are more attractive to hedgehogs, foxes, squirrels, bats and shrews.
Plant for people
We need trees as much as wildlife does. They produce the oxygen we breathe and absorb harmful pollution. London’s trees alone remove more than 2,000 tonnes of pollution from the air each year.
Trees also boost our health and wellbeing. People with access to trees and green spaces are more likely to be active and there's strong evidence of a positive impact on mental health too.
Trees may even help to fight crime. Research has suggested that criminal activity reduces when urban tree cover increases.
Plant for the future
Trees grow faster than you may think. A hazel tree can grow up to 60cm per year, meaning it could stand over 2m tall just three years after planting. Once grown, it has the potential to stand for generations.
Trees are an investment. Plant now and you will help deliver wide-reaching benefits to your local community for years to come.