The need to plant more trees is widely acknowledged as an important part of the UK’s environmental strategy. It’s also key to achieving the government’s target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050 which involves a commitment to the Committee on Climate Change’s declaration that 30,000 ha of new trees need to be planted in the UK each annually over the next 29 years.
The Queen’s Green Canopy and Trees for Cities programme was launched earlier this year to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022. The scheme focuses on sustainable planting and aims to encourage community groups, businesses, schools, charities and individuals to plant more trees in private gardens, public places, commercial premises and playgrounds. Organisations and individuals can record the planting on an online map and can also mark the event with a commemorative plaque.
A fitting tribute that addresses a need
During her reign, the Queen has planted more than 1,500 trees all over the world and so the initiative seems an apt way to celebrate Her Majesty’s jubilee at the same time as addressing one of the most significant environmental issues of our time.
What role do trees play in our world?
Trees are important to the environment in a variety of ways. From providing habitats for a diverse range of wildlife, to helping clean the air we breathe; trees are key to good environmental health. A mature tree can absorb around 150kg of CO² each year. They trap dust and absorb pollutants in the air, making their existence in urban areas particularly important. Furthermore, a sturdy British oak tree is home to around 2,300 different species, making them an essential part of biodiversity.
Studies have also shown that proximity to trees and green spaces has an impact on physical, mental and emotional wellbeing, reducing stress levels and lowering heart rates.
Campaigning for more trees
The Woodland Trust also runs successful campaigns to promote awareness around the importance of planting more trees, During the 2019/2020 planting season, the Trust planted and supported the planting of 1.46m trees, creating 805 hectares of woodland across the UK. The Trust also supports community tree planting schemes by offering free tree packs for schools and community groups and through the sale of native trees via its online shop.
Can trees grow in self-watering planters?
“Planting a tree is a relatively simple thing to do, but a powerful way to help the environment,” comments Amberol’s MD Patience Atkinson-Gregory. “For example, many smaller trees grow well in Amberol’s large, floor standing planters, meaning that you can plant a tree pretty much anywhere.
“This is particularly important for urban areas where it may be more difficult to find areas suitable for planting. However, the environmental impact that trees can have on air quality and pollution is crucial and so we are pleased to see that the Queen’s Green Canopy also places an emphasis on the importance of planting in urban areas.”
Providing the right conditions for tree growth in containers
Amberol’s self-watering planters have ample space for healthy root growth which is essential for trees to thrive. Because they are double insulated, they also protect young roots from freezing during the cold winter months. As the tree planting season runs from October to March, this is particularly important to establishing sturdy roots.
Trees that grow well in containers include apple, olive and bay trees as well as Japanese maples. Because trees in containers tend to dry out more quickly, self-watering planters such as the Giant Precinct Planter tend to create better growing conditions than traditional containers.
Click here to find out more about planting a tree for the Queen’s Green Canopy.
How can we help?
To find out more about planting trees in self-watering containers, call 01773 830 930 or email firstname.lastname@example.org