What is Tree Action?
Tree Action is a not for profit community interest company that organises tree planting events in schools, colleges, and public spaces in Sussex and on private land to improve the environment, tackle climate change and improve the mental wellbeing of young people through connecting them with nature.
With the help of experienced arboriculturalists , conservation volunteers, local authorities, schools, and environmental organisations, we identify suitable locations for tree planting, organise and fundraise for the events and on-going maintenance programmes.
We have two strands to our work – Schools/College Projects and Community Projects and our first projects started in Shoreham by Sea in West Sussex.
Improving the Environment
Tackling climate change
Connecting people & nature
School & College Projects
We reconnect students with their natural environment during term time as a means to better mental health. This can either be planting and maintaining trees on public land such as local parks working with local authorities, or developing plans for trees to be planted on school grounds that students can be involved in looking after. We fundraise to cover costs, which can be through crowdfunding or our business partners.
We liaise with your site manager on the space available and suitability of the site to determine suitable trees, order them, and then help you organise tree planting event days. We can bring in arboricultural specialists , forest school and conservation volunteers to provide support lessons on tree planting and care before the students take part in the the actual tree planting. We can also help you develop bespoke tree care programmes that the students can use to then look after the trees year after year.
Shoreham Academy in West Sussex planted 30 trees in November 2019 with the help of conservation volunteers. The trees were ordered directly from the Woodland Trust. Tree Action UK organised and paid for the trees and materials and resources needed, as well as the in-class briefing for around 20 volunteer students on tree planting and care which was provided by members of West Sussex County Council’s Tree Council team. The project took place over two days. After each session , the students put on their gloves and wellies to plant trees in the school grounds.
Those students have also been given responsibility by the school for caring for the trees afterwards as “eco ambassadors” as part of a new school sustainability initiative.
These events are supervised by experts who will show volunteers of any ability how to plant and care for trees. These can be young saplings (whips) or older standard trees e.g. 3-5 years old
We will already have the permission of the local authority or landowner to plant trees on each site, and there will be careful planning in advance of events to ensure the right age and variety of trees are selected for each location. Tree planting season generally runs from November – April each year. You can sign up to take part in future tree planting events in the community, we just ask for donation of any amount to take part.
It doesn’t just end at the tree planting. Young trees are vulnerable to pests, vandalism, and vehicles. Newly planted trees need to be regularly checked , watered and tendered, so you can also take part in a care programme as a “tree buddy ” to revisit trees that have been planted on a regular basis and share what you find , so we can ensure they get established.
Adur Recreation Ground
Southwick Recreation Ground
Tree Action recently worked with Adur & Worthing Borough Council planting 100 saplings in Adur Recreation Ground, Buckingham Park and Southwick Recreation Ground with the help of volunteers. The saplings were part of an application Tree Action made to the Woodland Trust. There will be more public sites for planting confirmed soon.