Trees -from hedgerows to forests, from parks to back gardens, they are a much loved part of the English landscape. This week is National Tree Week.  Initiated in 1975, it is the UK’s largest tree celebration annually launching the start of the winter tree planting season.

There are events happening across the UK, giving people the opportunity to plant trees and get their hands dirty. Further information can be found at  if you are wanting to take part or organise an event.

Many Hampshire County Council Countryside Service sites have lots of trees on them. Herbert Plantation  and Zebon Copse are good places to visit if you like walking through woodland.

Herbert Plantation is a mixed woodland of oak, birch, alder and pine, located in the village of Burghclere, and has some lovely notable trees such as an old Scots Pine with a 5 ½ meter girth and a Wellingtonia.

Zebon Copse Nature Reserve is a mixed broad-leaved woodland with mire habitats adjoining the Basingstoke Canal.

Both these sites are well established woodlands being managed for their mature trees, but whilst we love trees, they are not well suited to all habitats and in the north of the county we also manage a number of rare and protected Heathland habitats where the removal of trees is vital to the survival of a number of plant and animal species.