Trees are one of the best ways to prevent climate change, as they take in carbon dioxide and give out oxygen. Millions of trees have been destroyed in rainforests and to provide wood and paper (although you can make paper from post-consumer waste or hemp – which makes wonderful non-acid paper that never yellows). Whether you plant trees in your garden or in your community, the benefits are immense. Trees:
- Give out oxygen
- Reduce heat island effect (increased temperatures)
- Result in lower crime rates
- Give homes to birds & wildife
- Give food to humans, birds & wildlife!
- Help buffer noise and wind
- Help to prevent floods
See make your garden safe for pets to know toxic plants, mulch etc to avoid (fruit pips & seeds are toxic to pets). Use humane safe slug & snail deterrents and no-dig garden methods. Also see safer alternatives to netting for wildlife. Many trees (including oak and yew) are toxic to horses. RHS has information on planting trees near buildings, to avoid blocked drains and lifted roots.
The Tree Book is an enchanting illustrated journey into the astonishing diverse world of trees. The intricate world of leafy woodlands and abundant rainforests is reveals in this visual guide to trees, looking at their ecological importance and enduring signifance. From ancient oaks and great redwoods to lush banyans and imposing kapoks, this book reveals the anatomy, behaviour and beauty of trees, for budding botanists.
Plant a Tree and Retree the World looks at why trees help to fight climate change and restore clean air to our cities, and also covers the huge mental health benefits of trees in both urban and rural ecosystes. Ben Raskin looks how trees regulate temperature and clean pollution, which kind of soil different trees need, and how to pollard a tree, to maintain a high-growth rate. Plant trees in your backyard, park, community or school. There are tips on growing saplings from seed, cuttings or grafting, plus guidance on care and maintenance, weeding, mulching and pruning. Plus a guide to 40 trees appreciated for their fruits and nuts, ornamental value and the role they play in supporting wildlife. Learn how to recognise trees from the leaf shape, flowers, seeds and fruits.
The Orchard Book is a guide to plant and maintain a wildlife-friendly fruit orchard, distilled from 20 years of experience. Whatever your garden size or budget, this shows how to maximise your harvest and minimise your outlay. The book covers:
- Rootstocks and fruit varieties
- Planting plants
- Maintenance and pruning
- Preserving the harvest
Wade’s passion for the history and heritage of fruit trees is infectious. Let him draw you into a world of apples and pears, walnuts and cobnuts, cherries and plums, and of ancient varieties like quince, medlar and mulberry, and even of juicy apricots, figs and peaches. Imaging having organic fruit all year round from your own little nature haven.