New Forest Agricultural Show Society Supports National Tree Week
National Tree week which started on 28th November 2015 is an annual event, first launched in 1975. It is the UK’s largest tree celebration which marks the start of the winter tree planting season. In support of national tree week, five new Oak trees will be planted in different locations at New Park, Brockenhurst, home to the New Forest and Hampshire County Show. Planting will take place during the winter in conjunction with the Forestry Commission.
Denis Dooley, Show Secretary says “We are extremely privileged to have the lease of New Park and this is one of many projects undertaken to maintain the parkland for many years to come”.
The new oak trees will replace trees that were felled at New Park last summer due to dieback and decay. Sequential planting of trees takes place at New Park every 7-8 years and is overseen by Martin Fletcher. Martin is a Forest Crop Surveyor & Tree Management Consultant and is an advisor to the New Forest Agricultural Show Society on their tree planting scheme at New Park. Previous planting scheme have taken place in 2000 and 2009.Martin Fletcher says “It is important to maintain tree cover within the landscape on the New Park Showground, by planting more oak trees, to replace the 200 year old mature trees now showing signs of disease”.
The New Forest Agricultural Show Society is a registered charity with a remit to promote and encourage the development of agriculture, forestry, equestrianism and horticulture in all their aspects. The Show provides incentive through competition, a celebration of achievement, and informs and educates through the many displays on site.
For more information about the National Tree Week visit: http://www.treecouncil.org.uk/Press-News/National-Tree-Week-Nov-2015