Castle Gardens in Sherborne is encouraging people to help the environment by planting a tree as part of National Tree Week which takes place from 29th November to 7th December 2008.
"Trees have a positive impact on the environment, even if the tree is small, for instance the type of tree that will fit in a courtyard garden or on a balcony. We would love to be able to reach our target of 500 trees planted in Somerset and Dorset during National Tree Week. As well as benefiting the environment, trees provide structure, texture, and shade in the garden and of course they create a perfect environment for wildlife," Malcolm Mills, Tree Specialist at The Gardens Group.
Once a tree is planted, within a very short space of time, it starts to have an impact. Leaves absorb carbon dioxide and pollutants such as carbon monoxide and sulphur dioxide and then give out oxygen.
"There are plenty of reasons to plant a tree," continued Malcolm "More and more companies are planting trees as part of their corporate responsibility. Individuals are choosing to plant a tree to mark the birth of a new baby, an anniversary, or to remember someone special. Research has also shown that hospital patients recover from surgery more quickly when their hospital room offered a view of trees".
National Tree Week began in 1975 and is now the largest annual tree celebration and launches the start of the winter tree planting season. Each year schools, organisations and community groups support the event and encourage people to plant in excess of 1 million trees.
The Gardens Group offers hundreds of different types of trees, both big and small varieties including fruit trees, flowering trees which have brilliant coloured berries to attract wildlife to the garden, superb examples of native British trees such as Oak, Copper Beech and Horse Chestnut, all of which can be delivered free within a 25 mile radius of Castle Gardens, Brimsmore Gardens and Poundbury Gardens. During National Tree Week, the centres will also be offering free labour to plant the trees and every tree is guaranteed.