Giving Nature a helping hand
Imagine listening to a dawn chorus you helped create or watching wildlife you have made a home for, urges the Woodland Trust
NATIVE woodland is one of the richest habitats for wildlife. Its trees provide vital space for all manner of living things, from plants and flowers to amphibians, fungi, birds, bugs, bees, butterflies, voles and foxes. However, the UK has one of the lowest rates of woodland cover in Europe and our wildlife habitats desperately need your help.
The simple act of planting trees benefits Nature from the moment the saplings go into the ground and carries on the good work for generations. Whether it’s a few native trees or a whole wood, you really can make a difference.
Thanks to generous funding, the Woodland Trust supplies more than 800,000 free trees to community groups and schools across the UK each year. You can choose from a variety of tree packs to help bring wildlife to your neighbourhood and harvest your own fruit, nuts or woodfuel.
Where can I plant? Trees will grow on most land, but the greatest benefits for wildlife are achieved by extending and connecting existing woods and hedges, or by creating new habitats. Planting alongside tracks, widening existing hedges and filling hard-to-work field corners are all easy ways to make extra space for wildlife. Woodland Trust tree packs come in a variety of sizes, so depending on how much or how little space you have, there will be the perfect pack for you.
How soon will the trees attract wildlife? Wildlife starts to colonise immediately,
with bugs and insects attracting birds and bats to the area.
What tree species are best for wildlife?
All native trees and shrubs are valuable for wildlife and an ideal woodland offers both food and shelter. Hawthorn flowers and fruit are on the wildlife menu for months— trees and shrubs that offer sustenance should be in any tree-planting mix.
What else can I do to attract wildlife? Get creative with your planting. A mix of
shrubs and smaller trees adds colour and variety, both visually and environmentally. Flowering trees provide nectar for bees and other insects, as well as providing nest space for birds and shelter for small mammals like hedgehogs. Find out how your community or school can get involved and apply for a tree pack today at www.woodlandtrust.org. uk/freetrees
‘Whether it’s a few trees or a whole wood, you can make a difference’
Digging yourself a hole: we aren’t currently planting enough trees in the UK, but it’s a problem that could be easily remedied
You can help the environment and its wildlife by planting new trees, supplied by the Woodland Trust, in your local area