National Tree Week 2015

National Tree Week 2015 will once again herald the start of winter planting across the UK, running from Saturday 28 November to Sunday 6 December.  First promoted by the Tree Council back in 1975, National Tree Week has become the UK’s largest tree celebration.

Grab a spade and join in!

National Tree Week has become a great opportunity for communities – schools, voluntary bodies and local authorities – to engage with their environment, roll up their sleeves, pull on their wellies and get planting.

The UK’s 8000-strong Tree Warden fraternity help support this worthy initiative and there’s a whole host of events planned around the country to help plant around 1 million trees during the week.

To mark the activity generated by the Tree Council’s promotional push for planting with this initiative for 40 years, we’ve downloaded an excerpt from their very first headline plans, way back in 1975.     Some very prestigious names were involved…

NATIONAL TREE WEEK (9-16 March 1975)

In addition to many tree- planting ceremonies which will be taking place throughout the country to mark Britain’s first NATIONAL TREE WEEK, we would like to remind you of the following:

  • THE PRIME MINISTER will plant a Holm Oak at Chequers
  • Mr Denis Howell, MINISTER FOR SPORT & RECREATION, will be attending a tree-planting ceremony in Birmingham
  • The ARMY, NAVY and AIR FORCE MINISTERS will plant 3 plane trees in front of The Ministry of Defence building in Whitehall in the afternoon
  • Mr Reginald Freeson, MINISTER FOR HOUSING & CONSTRUCTION, will be planting 6 Maple Trees on the Church End Redevelopment area in his
    constituency in the London Borough of Brent.
  • Baroness Birk, UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE, DEPT OF ENVIRONMENT (responsible for The Royal Parks) will plant a tree in Hyde Park, opposite the Dorchester
  • Mrs Margaret Thatcher, LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION, will plant a Lime Tree (30 ft.high and weighing 5 tons) on land adjacent Grendon Street, NW6 (organised by The British Association for Landscape Industries)
  • Mr Eric Varley, SECRETARY OF STATE FOR ENERGY, will plant a tree in his constituency of Chesterfield

To find out if there’s an event near you this year, check out the Tree Council website – they’ve a nifty postcode map to show all the planned activities.

And if there’s nothing near you planned yet, why not grab some friends, colleagues or club members and START ONE!

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