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National Tree Week 2022: Exploring nature’s hidden connections

The Tree Council

November 15, 2022

It’s The Tree Council’s National Tree Week (NTW) from November 26 to December 4, and this year we’re focusing on all the #Hiddenconnections so vital to the life of our trees – from the roots, to the soil that surrounds them, and even the fantastic fungi delivering important nutrients out of human sight.

There’s a whole world of complex activity beneath the ground on which we walk. We hope National Tree Week 2022 will intrigue you as much with the life beneath the earth, as with the seeds, leaves, flowers and boughs above it.

To fire your imagination, we have two fascinating free, online Tree Talks in NTW.

On Monday November 28 at 7pm, The Tree Council’s own Director of Trees, Science & Research, Jon Stokes will be joined by Chartered Arboriculturist and President of the Institute of Chartered Foresters, Sharon Durdant-Hollamby to Demystify the Tangled World of Tree Roots.

This is followed on Thursday December 1 at 7pm, when celebrated academic, Professor Martin Bidartondo, will join Tree Council CEO, Sara Lom for a discussion:Trees and Fungi Working Together – A Remarkable Relationship.

Professor Bidartondo is an expert in the ecology and evolution of interactions between fungi and plants. Formally of the University of California at Berkeley, and now with Imperial College London and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, his research investigates the ecology and evolution of mycorrhizae, one of the dominant symbioses of terrestrial ecosystems.

Here’s Ian Turner, The Tree Council’s Head of Major Planting & Ecology Projects – Southern Region: “Mycorrhizae are a symbiotic association between plant roots and fungi. Their major role is to enhance nutrient and water uptake by the host plant by exploiting a larger volume of soil than roots alone can do.”

As well as talking fungi and soil, we’ll be working hard with partners to get trees into the ground, as NTW marks the official start of the crucial tree planting season.

Sara Lom, The Tree Council CEO, said: “We are delighted to be celebrating National Tree Week, which provides a fantastic opportunity for all of us to come together for the love of trees.

“Trees and hedgerows help tackle climate change, provide homes for wildlife, improve our health and so much more. By getting involved, you’ll be part of growing a greener, tree-filled future for all of us.

“We’re so grateful to everyone across the UK for taking part in National Tree Week.”

Stay tuned to our social media channels, sign up to our newsletters and keep an eye on www.treecouncil.org.uk for lots of information on how you can get involved, insights into the living natural world that is all around (and beneath) us and our plans to get thousands more children planting, caring for and connecting with trees through our Orchards for Schools programme and Big Give Christmas Challenge.

For more National Tree Week resources and information, please visit www.treecouncil.org.uk/seasonal-campaigns/national-tree-week/

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