Trees are cru­cial to the hu­man race and to the UK’s ecosys­tems, but they’re un­der threat like never be­fore. Thank­fully, there’s a sim­ple way you can help

Gardeners' World - - Planting Inspiration - For more in­for­ma­tion or to join, call 0330 333 3300 or visit wood­­ber­ship Wood­land Trust is a reg­is­tered char­ity, no. 294344 and no. SC038885

Trees are truly one of na­ture’s mir­a­cles. Our long-limbed friends do so much for us, work­ing tire­lessly to con­vert car­bon diox­ide and pol­lu­tants into oxy­gen and clean air, as well as pro­vid­ing sus­te­nance and shel­ter for whole ecosys­tems. The habi­tats of ev­ery­thing from in­sects to song­birds, and larger mam­mals like squir­rels and foxes, are de­pen­dent on the nu­tri­tion and pro­tec­tion trees pro­vide, so when trees dis­ap­pear, en­tire food chains can go with them. They’re also a won­der­ful ad­di­tion to hu­man lives. As well as giv­ing us shade and nat­u­ral beauty, trees of­fer our chil­dren a place to climb and play, pro­vide us with de­li­cious fruit and nuts, and have many men­tal ben­e­fits. There’s a rea­son peo­ple head to the park or the woods when they want to re­lax. You can see then, why it’s so im­por­tant to look after our trees. Sadly, today they’re fac­ing more chal­lenges than ever, with plant­ing rates at an all-time low, devel­op­ment en­croach­ing upon wood­land ar­eas, and threats posed by pests, dis­ease and cli­mate change. That’s why the Wood­land Trust is ask­ing you to stand up for our trees. Join­ing is easy: you can sign up for just £3 a month, and you’ll be do­ing your bit to help keep the UK’s wood­lands thriv­ing. You’ll also re­ceive lots of use­ful ben­e­fits, in­clud­ing a directory of Wood­land Trust woods, a guide to Bri­tish trees and four copies of the Trust’s magazine, Broadleaf, each year. Sign up today, and help pro­tect Bri­tain’s trees to­gether.

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