tree plantingAs winter sets in, now is the time to plant trees, when you can clearly see the structure of the garden and the trees themselves are dormant. It’s a long term commitment and not everyone has the opportunity or space for one. However, if you want to find out more about tree planting, for your own plot or a community project, you can take part in events around the country at the end of November, organised in tree planting spadespartnership with The Tree Council.

National Tree Week, organised by The Tree Council ( runs from 28th November – 6th December 2015, and this year marks the 40th anniversary of the scheme, which aims to encourage individuals and communities to celebrate, plant and protect their treescapes. These annual tree planting events were initially established in response to the devestation caused by Dutch Elm disease, but tree planting is still as relevant today with the spread of Ash Dieback and development.

Winkworth sappling

Nearer to home, Winkworth Arboretum ( are hosting a tree planting event on Sunday 29th November from 2-3pm. Experts will be on hand to offer the most up to date advice on tree planting and care. No booking is required, so pop along if you fancy lending a hand.

Address: Hascombe Road, Godalming, Surrey, GU8 4AD

Entrance costs: Adult £6.80, Child £3.40, Family £17.10