On May 16th each year, National Love a Tree Day celebrates the wonderful gifts trees give. Here’s how you can help the planet, introduce more trees to your garden, and see all the benefits. So what are the benefits of planting trees and shrubs?
5 Benefits of planting trees and shrubs
- Help capture and store carbon, by removing it from the atmosphere. In turn, this helps mitigate carbon dioxide emissions, helping to tackle climate change. Six native trees will absorb and store about a tonne of carbon dioxide over their lifetimes.
- Provide habitats for wildlife. Giving a safe place for wildlife to nest and feed and support ecosystems. Trees such as Hawthorn trees provide nutrient rich food plant for moths and other insects. Bees also feed off flowers in spring and birds love calorie-rich berries in autumn!
- Make your garden look full of life. Making the garden visually very attractive, especially in spring and summer when flowers are out. The Guelder Rose tree has beautiful spring blossom which looks great in any garden. Holly looks very festive around Christmas time and is also great for wildlife and helps shelter birds and allows hedgehogs to hibernate.
- Provide fresh fruits. Fruit trees such as Apple Trees and Pear Trees can produce fresh fruit…think of all the homemade apple crumbles and fresh pear tarts you could please your friends and family with!
- 'Wow’ your guests with the smells! Tree and shrubs can bring lots of fragrance, imagine walking through your garden in the evening, being embraced by the scent of sweet honeysuckle which makes you think of long summers and far-off places!
Struggling for space to plant?
It is important that any trees chosen are right for their surroundings in terms of size. Don’t panic if you’ve got a small garden, you still have options! There are lots of smaller trees, such as Japanese Maples, which won’t overcrowd your garden. Growing a tree in a pot could also be a solution – this is also useful if you need to protect the tree in winter or if you want to move the location of the tree. If you’re looking for something really small, consider shrubs.
If you want to find out more on tree planting as well as which kind of trees are right for your garden, our partners the Wildlife Trusts have more information on their website https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/actions/how-plant-tree