A 10 per cent increase in tree coverage in urban areas will counter the predicted 4°C temperature rise over the next 100 years, quote the HTA

The Horticulture Trade Association is promoting tree planting for November.

Research in HTA’s Greening the UK campaign has shown that a 10 per cent increase in tree coverage in urban areas will counter the predicted 4°C temperature rise over the next 100 years caused by climate change and the urban heat island effect.

The 38th annual National Tree Week, which is run by The Tree Council from 23 November – 1 December 2013 tends to mark the launch of the bareroot tree planting season.

One of our favourite trees is the native Sessile Oak; Quercus petraea  This lovely tree is very important for wildlife too. Over 400 different species of insects rely on the oak, making it very valuable in conservation terms. Jays and small mammals eat the acorns, and Pied Flycatchers breed amongst its branches. Because the oak is late into leaf, wildflowers and mosses thrive beneath its branches. The Sessile Oak reaches a great age – up to 700 years – and as it ages the trunk tends to become hollow, offering shelter for animals, insects and birds.

Sessile Oak – Quercus patraea

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