We love trees! #NationalTreeWeek 2016

Favourite trees and planting projects in the Clyde and Avon Valley

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Date posted: Friday, 25 November 2016

From seeds and saplings to mature and gnarled old veteran trees, there’s a huge variety of glorious trees and woodlands within the Clyde and Avon Valley. To celebrate this, we are taking part in #NationalTreeWeek 2016 by highlighting special trees and tree planting projects for each day of the campaign.

Running from 26 November to 4 December, the campaign is the UK’s biggest annual festival of trees, led by The Tree Council. Each year, the festival inspires around a quarter of a million people to plant up to a million trees. Below, and in no particular order, is a rundown of special Clyde and Avon Valley trees and Heritage Lottery Fund supported tree planting projects.

40 volunteers helped replant of an area of ancient parkland and tree lined avenues leading from the stately home of Dalzell House to the River Clyde at RSPB Scotland Baron’s Haugh.

In 2015, 40 volunteers helped replant of an area of ancient parkland and tree lined avenues leading from the stately home of Dalzell House to the River Clyde at RSPB Scotland Baron’s Haugh. Sweet Chestnuts were planted in-between, and will eventually replace the centuries old Horse Chestnuts which line the Chestnut Walk. The young trees are not susceptible to the same diseases as the old trees which have been under attack from disease for some time. Find out more here.

Central Scotland Green Network Trust’s Plant a Mini Orchard 2015/16 Campaign, which saw 60 schools in the Clyde and Avon Valley and Inner Forth areas plant and look after an orchard in their school grounds.

Did you know that the definition of an orchard is five or more fruit trees? This was the basis of Central Scotland Green Network Trust’s Plant a Mini Orchard 2015/16 Campaign, which saw 60 schools in the Clyde and Avon Valley and Inner Forth areas plant and look after an orchard in their school grounds. Download the resources on planning, planting, management, maintenance and a Teacher’s Resource Pack to find out how your school can still get involved, by clicking here

The recent removal of 18 hectares of non-native conifers at Chatelherault Country Park is one in a growing number of rewilding projects in the UK which look at expanding native habitats, increasing biodiversity and connecting communities with the nature on their doorsteps.

The recent removal of 18 hectares of non-native conifers at Chatelherault Country Park is one in a growing number of rewilding projects in the UK which look at expanding native habitats, increasing biodiversity and connecting communities with the nature on their doorsteps. The project will not involve any replanting since the ancient woodland soils, protected throughout time by their steep gorge location, are so rich in fungi and other micro-organisms, that natural regeneration of native woodland is expected to be above head height within a decade. The native woodland provides better habitats for native species and restores historic viewpoints over the Avon Gorge. Find out more here.

The Covenanter’s Oak in Dalzell Estate, Motherwell, is thought to be the oldest living thing in North Lanarkshire.

The Covenanter’s Oak in Dalzell Estate, Motherwell, is thought to be the oldest living thing in North Lanarkshire. It got its name through providing shelter to the Covenanters of the 1800’s who were barred from holding religious services in churches. Although it has suffered in recent bad weather and stands with the help of supports, work is being undertaken to preserve this incredible tree. Plan your visit to see the Covenanter’s Oak and find out more about the fascinating history of Dalzell Estate here

In 2013, 34 pupils at Netherton Primary School, Wishaw, took part in Carbarns Highwood tree planting in partnership with Central Scotland Green Network Trust and Clydesdale Community Initiatives.

In 2013, 34 pupils at Netherton Primary School, Wishaw, took part in Carbarns Highwood tree planting in partnership with Central Scotland Green Network Trust and Clydesdale Community Initiatives. The woodland is still used today by children both in and out of school time, and children involved in planting love to watch the trees they planted grow. Find out more here.

27 volunteers and six young people supported by Barnardos planted two hectares of new woodland at Carluke Golf Course in 2014, funded by UK Steel Enterprise, South Lanarkshire LEADER and managed by Central Scotland Green Network Trust and Artscape

27 volunteers and six young people supported by Barnardos planted two hectares of new woodland at Carluke Golf Course in 2014. Funded by UK Steel Enterprise, South Lanarkshire LEADER and managed by Central Scotland Green Network Trust and Artscape, the mix of deciduous and coniferous trees provides shelter along footpaths and habitats for wildlife. Find out more here.

Over 750 new plum, pear, apple and damson trees have been planted locally since the beginning of Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership supported projects in 2012, with a target of 1000 reached by 2018.

Over 750 new plum, pear, apple and damson trees have been planted locally since the beginning of Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership supported projects in 2012, with a target of 1000 reached by 2018. This includes the creation of an entire Community Orchard (with stunning views over the Clyde towards Lanark) at Kirfieldbank, comprised of 1.35 hectares of orchard planting and 0.81 hectares of woodland planting. The Clyde Valley was once known as the Fruit Basket of Scotland - today the Clyde Valley Orchards Cooperative, supported by Rural Development Trust, have been involved in many initiatives which re-establish the orchards such as the purchase of equipment to enable commercial production of apple juice, grant schemes and skills training. Find out more here.

The Bonnington Tree Nursery established by the Scottish Wildlife Trust Falls of Clyde successfully produces native trees and shrubs for planting out on the wildlife reserves and for other local projects.

The Bonnington Tree Nursery established by the Scottish Wildlife Trust Falls of Clyde successfully produces native trees and shrubs for planting out on the wildlife reserves and for other local projects. The native species are best for wildlife and help improve habitats for insects, birds, mammals and woodland plants. Find out more here.

The ancient Cadzow Oaks in Chatelherault Country Park, Hamilton, were planted nearly seven centuries ago when the park was part of a medieval hunting ground and are thought to be amongst the oldest in the UK.

The ancient Cadzow Oaks in Chatelherault Country Park, Hamilton, were planted nearly seven centuries ago when the park was part of a medieval hunting ground and are thought to be amongst the oldest in the UK. The ancient gnarled oaks support numerous flora and fauna, with ferns and mosses growing in their crevices and holes in their bark, rare beefsteak fungus growing on the bark, bats roosting inside their hollow trunks and birds nesting in their branches. Plan your visit to marvel at these trees today here.

For those who don’t have the opportunity to plant a tree, there are plenty of other ways to get involved in National Tree Week. People can celebrate trees by contributing a tree story or memory towards the Charter for Trees, Woods and People, which launches in November 2017. You can also ‘dress’ a favourite local tree during Tree Dressing Day on Saturday 2 December. Visit www.treecouncil.org.uk for more information.

Related Projects


Hidden Heritage Blooms at RSPB Baron’s Haugh

Hidden Heritage Blooms at RSPB Baron’s Haugh

A project offering an amazing glimpse at the history of RSPB Scotland Baron’s Haugh has been completed featuring excavations, historic walkways and replanting of ancient parkland and orchards.

Plant a Mini Orchard Resources

Plant a Mini Orchard Resources

Suitable for individuals, schools and groups

Netherton Primary School Tree Planting at Carbarns Highwood

Netherton kids play their part in creating a new local woodland area at Carbarns Highwood.

Schools Plant Mini Orchards

Schools Plant Mini Orchards

After a series of successful biodiversity education campaigns such as Love Our Ladybirds, Central Scotland Green Network Trust are turning their attention to Orchards for 2015.

Tree-sy Does It! Woodland Planting Around Golf Course

Tree-sy Does It! Woodland Planting Around Golf Course

UK Steel Enterprise funding unique environmental initiatiove for young volunteers

Harvested conifers secure future of Chatelherault

Harvested conifers secure future of Chatelherault

Felling complete as forestry harvesters leave park

Lesmahagow residents look forward to a greener future

Lesmahagow residents look forward to a greener future

Community allotments allow residents to grow more of their own

Chatelherault and the French Connection: Following in the Footsteps of Mary Queen of Scots

Chatelherault and the French Connection: Following in the Footsteps of Mary Queen of Scots

The pivotal role that Hamilton plays in the history of Scotland is being remembered as work continues to restore the ancient woodlands and dramatic landscapes of Hamilton High Parks in South Lanarkshire Council Chatelherault Country Park.

Chatelherault Country Park

Chatelherault Country Park

A 'Jewel in the Landscape' and former hunting lodge

Designing the Landscape: Chatelherault

Designing the Landscape: Chatelherault

Part of the Mapping the Past trail

Restructuring the Ancient Treescape at Chatelherault

Restructuring the Ancient Treescape at Chatelherault

Don't miss your chance to find out more about the 25 year long plans tomorrow night, when Malcolm Muir, Countryside and Greenspace Manager for South Lanarkshire Council, will deliver a talk at New Lanark on the subject.

Shaping the Landscape: Chatelherault and the Avon Gorge

Shaping the Landscape: Chatelherault and the Avon Gorge

A quintessential part of the area's mining history

The Forest Kings and Queens of Chatelherault

The Forest Kings and Queens of Chatelherault

Historic landscape revealed as native habitats are restored

Dalzell Estate

Dalzell Estate

A Clyde-side ornamental landscape through the ages

Improved Woodland Walks Down Dalzell Estate

Improved Woodland Walks Down Dalzell Estate

The completed project has provided a huge benefit to the estate. Plan your visit today so that you can enjoy the improved appearance, safety and accessibility of the woodland for yourself.

Views sought on new community orchard for Kirkfieldbank

Views sought on new community orchard for Kirkfieldbank

Central Scotland Green Network want to hear local views on proposals to regenerate an orchard at a site in Kirkfieldbank

Great progress made reviving the Clyde Valley orchards

Great progress made reviving the Clyde Valley orchards

Orchards are an iconic feature of the Clyde Valley and the Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership has been working to secure their future through a series of initiatives.