National Tree Week kicks off with Defra secretary Hilary Benn's support

National Tree Week began yesterday (25 November) with a series of events celebrating the winter tree planting season.

First held in 1975, National Tree Week runs until 6 December and is led by the Tree Council.

As well as local authorities and community groups across the country taking part in tree-planting events and tree activities, the RHS has also got involved.

The RHS is encouraging people to plant a tree during National Tree Week to support the BBC's record-breaking attempt. BBC Tree O’Clock takes place on Saturday 5 December, between 11am — 12pm. The aim is to get as many people as possible to plant a tree and if enough people do, a new Guinness World record could be created. 0ver 250,000 people from 67 counties across the UK have already pledged to take part.

National Tree Week's launch coincided with a report commissioned by the Forestry Commission — A National Assessment of Forestry and Climate Change. The work was carried out by a team of scientists led by Sir David Read.

During its launch at London Zoo yesterday (25 November) Defra secretary Hilary Benn added his support: "Forests and trees are an important part of the way we live and interact with our surroundings, and we cannot underestimate the role that trees will play in reducing our carbon emissions. Greater forest cover can help us achieve this either through directly absorbing CO2 or by providing more sustainable materials for construction and renewable energy.

"The Government welcomes Professor Read’s report and as a nation we need to plant a very large number of trees over the next 40 years to tackle climate change by bringing down our carbon emissions. The Government will work with communities and businesses to ensure that this happens."


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