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"Portsmouth & Southsea Tree Wardens will not only be the eyes and ears of their communities on tree issues but will also have an important part to play in encouraging others to value their local trees."

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Visit Portsmouth has published a leaflet with a Bike4Life tree ride and can be downloaded HERE or you can pick up a copy from the civic office’s (Link will be updated shortly due to council reorganising their website.

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BACK TO OUR ROOTS
The Tree Council launches annual Tree Care Campaign on 21st March
 As Britain recovers from the recent heavy rainstorms, The Tree Council is urging everyone to spare a thought for young trees battling against the elements and take part in its annual Tree Care Campaign.  Running from 21st March to 21st September each year, the campaign encourages communities to spend a little time on regular tree care activities to help trees withstand hazards such as extreme weather or pests and increase the number reaching maturity.

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Mature, sturdy trees can reduce flooding and calm fast gusts of wind. However, for trees to grow strong enough to shield us from unsettled conditions, they need a little protection themselves. Trees that have been planted in the last three years are particularly vulnerable to stormy weather because their roots have not yet grown deep enough to firmly anchor them in the soil.
 
This year’s Tree Care Campaign theme, ‘Back to Our Roots’, also highlights how caring for trees they have planted together over the years can help communities to preserve and strengthen their roots. The initiative reminds people to revisit young trees to check for signs of damage or stress and take action if necessary.
 
For example, a waterlogged tree can be helped out by digging a channel to drain excess water away, while one that has been battered by strong winds may need its ties and stakes adjusting or replacing. Trees may also benefit from tree care activities such as mulching, weeding and pruning.
More detailed tips on caring for trees can be found on The Tree Council’s website: http://www.treecouncil.org.uk/Our-Work/Tree-Care-Campaign
 

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Horsea Country Park Update:
It is hoped that the planting will start this coming season, Veolia and their landscape sub-contractor will be responsible for sourcing the plants and carrying out the planting (circa 58,000 plants), We will be looking to involve the community in some of the planting.


We would like to welcome Simon Pearce as the new PCC Arboricultural officer and would like to wish Andy Knight all the best as he continues to work for trees in the planning department and we would like to thank Andy for his help and support over the last few years and we look forward to working with Simon going forward.

 

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