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from and around West Chiltington

Chalara fungus threatens Ash Trees November 04, 2012
The Chalara fungus (Chalara fraxinea) has already wiped out many Ash trees in Europe - ways of spotting it and how to report it are available on the... [MORE]

Diamond Jubilee Trees! Deadline 7th September! August 12, 2012
The Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.  Here at The Tree Council, we have been planning our own contribution and we are turning... [MORE]

National Tree Week 24th Nov - 2nd Dec August 12, 2012
If you'd like to find out more about National Tree Week please contact your Tree Warden Amanda Apps - you can contact her via this website ... [MORE]

Seed Gathering - 23rd Sept - 23rd Oct August 12, 2012
A great opportunity to get out into your local woodland to collect seeds to germinate into new trees for re-planting in your local area.  For m... [MORE]

Asian Long Horned Beetle - local infestation! April 15, 2012
The first infestation of the Asian Long Horned Beetle in this country was only recently  recorded in Paddock Wood, Kent.  This non-na... [MORE]

Trees, Trees, Trees March 17, 2012
If you're planning to plant trees this year to celebrate the Queens 2012 Diamond Jubilee remember that you can contact your local Tree Warden for ad... [MORE]

The Queen's 2012 Diamond Jubilee March 17, 2012
If you're not able to plant trees in your own garden then please log on to the Woodland Trust website to find out how you can donate a tree to be pl... [MORE]

Tree Care March 17, 2012
Remember if you are planting a tree in 2012 that it will need watering regularly in its first year and also will need to be tended from time to time... [MORE]

Acute Oak Decline July 16, 2011
Acute Oak Decline infects both of Britain's native species of Oak tree - to find out the latest information visit the Forestry Commission website at... [MORE]

Ancient Forests and Woodlands are under threat! February 12, 2011
Government proposals plan to sell off our national forests.  Public consultation runs until the end of April.  If you'd like to know more ... [MORE]

How do trees drink?
Trees are an intrinsic part of our countryside - they inspire us, provide us with valuable
oxygen, punctuate our countryside with texture and colour, they provide shade
for us and our animals and contribute to our economy.
When we think about trees 'drinking'  it's difficult to imagine but, like us, trees do react to things such as temperature changes, sunlight and even smells and do infact need to drink water, (well,  when I say drink it's not in the same way that we do of course) and like us trees require a steady flow of nutrients in order to survive.

Trees may not have any capability of  movement which enables them to shuffle over to the nearest stream to drink but beneath that knarled bark exterior they've evolved an
ingenious way of making the most out of the processes that take place beneath their exterior.  Namely, Transpiration.  This process works in conjunction
with the tree's need for water which literally enables it to 'drink'.  

Transpiration keeps trees cool in the summer and this process basically involves the evaporation of water from the trees leaves via tiny pores on their underside called stomata.
Hot summer temperatures or strong winds trigger the amount of water that evaporates from these tiny pores - the tree
itself can open or close these pores at will at regular intervals to release gasses.

As Transpiration takes place via the leaves in the canopy then this initiates water literally being 'drawn' up from the trees roots deep in the soil to the tips of its leaves to regulate moisture levels within the tree.