Life's a beech
To mark the end of the borough’s annual tree planting season and as part of Surrey Tree Week, on Monday Councillor Neil Dallen, Chair of the Environment and Safe Communities Committee, helped plant two copper beech trees in Alexandra Recreation Ground.
The borough’s established trees are under increasing pressure through disease, including Ash dieback, and increasing extreme weather events. The council manages a long term tree establishment programme to ensure excellent tree cover and the ongoing strong biodiversity of the borough that a good mixture of tree types brings. As well as planning for future tree loss, the programme aims to increase tree planting to sustainable levels.
As he helped plant the trees in Alex Rec, Councillor Dallen, said “maintaining a rich biodiversity within the borough is key within the council’s vision as a green and vibrant place. Trees in our parks provide excellent urban homes for birds, bees, bats and beetles. They also have a positive impact on the look and feel of where we live and relax.
“Trees can have a positive impact on tackling climate change because as they grow, they absorb and store the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions that are driving global warming and are so harmful to the environment”.
The Copper Beech is a slow growing, large deciduous tree, with elegant spreading branches and dark purple leaves which turn copper in autumn. The bark is often home to fungi, mosses and lichens. The tree can live over 200 years and because beech trees live for so long they provide habitats for many species such as hole-nesting birds and wood-boring insects.