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Plant a tree in Arbor Week: 5th – 9th March 2007 27 February 2007

There is something very special about trees. They are the most enduring living things we handle. They are plants on a grand scale which often hold many of nature’s record. Trees are the tallest, most massive and oldest living things. Despite having only around ten truly native tree species, our climate and our history combine to make the Isle of Man home to a wealth of trees from all the temperate parts of the world.

Each year in early spring, the Forestry Division of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry sets aside a week during which interested individuals and organisations are encouraged to plant trees. This is known as Arbor Week which, this year, runs from 5th to 9th March.

Minister for the Department, Phil Gawne, MHK says “This scheme has always been well received by the local community and, I am happy to say, has a good response each year”.

The Minister for the Department and newly appointed Member for Forestry, Brenda Cannell, MHK will be attending a planting ceremony during the week.

Mrs Cannell says “I am really looking forward to attending a planting event in my new role with the Department. Forestry Division has been asked for a total of 49 trees to date, a most encouraging response.”

Under the scheme local organisations are supplied with a tree, free of charge, to be planted at a site within public view and chosen by the organisation.

Organisations which have taken part in past years include local Scouting organisations, Women’s Institutes, Schools, Local Authorities, local businesses and various voluntary groups.

Arbor Week offers an ideal opportunity to look at the value of trees to our landscape, wildlife and human well-being. We all benefit from contact with the natural rhythms of nature. Nothing perhaps gives us such daily contact with seasonal change as do trees in our gardens and countryside as they exhibit their characteristics of leaf, bark, flower, berry and changing colour.

Applications to receive a tree free of charge are invited from those who have a suitable planting site accessible to the general public. You can participate in Arbor Week and make a small but valuable contribution to the landscape, the environment and the general well-being of us all.

Notes for Editors:

The Minister and political Member for Forestry Division will be attending individual tree planting events during Arbor week. Anyone wishing to attend one of these events should contact Nigel Taylor at Forestry Division on 801623.

Further details on how to obtain trees for planting can be obtained from Doug Chalk on 801263.

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