Next week (28th November) marks the 40th anniversary of the first National Tree Week, and the official start of the winter tree planting season.
Upwards of a million trees are planted each year as part of this fantastic campaign, which has its origins in the response to the Dutch Elm Disease Crisis of the 1960s.
In East Surrey, we are fortunate to live in an area that is 94% greenbelt, and a national tree survey last year found Surrey to have more trees than any other county. Preserving our exceptional natural heritage is vital, and I would encourage everyone to support this great initiative.
For more information about National Tree Week visit the Tree Council’s website – http://www.treecouncil.org.uk/
(Photo: planting trees at Lingfield Nature Reserve for National Tree Week 2014)