Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council Celebrates National Tree Week 2022

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council is celebrating National Tree Week, the UK's largest annual tree celebration, which takes place from 26 November to 4 December this year.

National tree week 2022

Marking the start of WHBC's busy winter tree planting season, National Tree Week encourages people to think about, celebrate and explore the beauty and necessity of the UK's trees. With Welwyn Hatfield already acclaimed as a prestigious 'Tree City of the World', the council will be planting 301 street trees and 15 orchard trees between November 2022 and January 2023 to uphold its impressive green credentials. In total, 90 tree species will be planted, including cherry, hawthorn, and birch.

Alongside the official activities, the Welwyn Hatfield Tree Warden Scheme continues to branch out, doing amazing work with trees across the borough. The scheme has been running since 2006 with approximately 60 Wardens who regularly help the council's Tree Officers monitor street and park trees in their neighbourhood and manage the tree stock. 

And the wider Hertfordshire County Council 'Your Tree, Our Future' campaign goes from strength to strength with its tree giveaway initiative. At last count, 6,000 trees have been given free of charge to residents of Welwyn Hatfield, empowering everyday people to make a real impact by planting a tree to help futureproof the natural environment in response to climate change.

All the trees given away are suitable for local soil and environmental conditions and are grown sustainably at UK nurseries. Species include crab apple, hawthorn, hazel and rowan, and a variety of native hedgerow plants that will create new hedgerows to provide habitat for a variety of animals.

Councillor Samuel Kasumu, Executive Member for Environment, Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, said:

We place great importance on preserving our landscape so that it may continue to be enjoyed by us all. I am proud of our involvement with National Tree Week and the efforts throughout the year by colleagues, volunteers, and the public to safeguard the natural environment across the borough. 

This council is committed to the continued positive management of our trees and woodlands, and I am pleased that we have a programme for their maintenance, improvement, and renewal into the future.