WHAT TO DO
ADRIAN THOMAS RSPB wildlife gardening expert If there’s one thing to consider doing for wildlife in November, it is tree planting. Don’t run scared, imagining that this is difficult stuff! It is easier, quicker, and (perhaps most importantly!) cheaper than most people think, because in winter you can buy bare-rooted deciduous trees for just a few quid each. When I say trees, think of planting bushes and hedges, too. And it really is just a case of dig a quick hole, pop it in, firm it up, quick water, job done in 30 minutes. The only secret is not to let the roots dry out, which is why bare-rooted trees get delivered with their roots wrapped in plastic. Oh, and buy small (usually called whips): they’re incredibly easy to get established, and you’ll be amazed how quickly they romp away. There are some beautiful small trees to try suitable for smaller gardens: any Crab Apple, Hawthorn, Rowan or Spindle should be just fine.