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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 to our Tree Wardens as the most appropriate people to lead for us in their communities.

You may know that the Princess Elizabeth was proclaimed Queen immediately on her father’s death on 6th  February 1952: her coronation as monarch took place on 2nd June 1953.  Our aspiration is to mark the Diamond Jubilee milestone during National Tree Week 2012, which falls between the anniversary of the accession and coronation, with 60 Diamond Jubilee Trees.  We will supply these large trees, with commemorative plaques, to Tree Wardens to plant at the centre of their communities across the UK; they will stand testament to the achievement of both monarch and people during the first 60 years of Her Majesty’s reign.

We hope to generate the impetus for Tree Wardens, working with the children from their local communities, to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee in a way that will allow us to offer something more than the fact of having planted 60 big trees.  We want you to document the process, the people and the planting with photographs and some text that lets the reader, next year or 60 years hence, know what went on.  It’s that evidence that we want to assemble and formally present to Her Majesty.  

You may choose to look back at what happened in your community during 1952-3 and bring those who can talk about it together with the generation who will talk about this Jubilee; you may find some other way of bringing everyone together.  

Please visit our website at for an application form and give it some thought.  Whatever you decide to do, let us have your submission by 17.00hrs on 7th September and we will let you know soon afterwards if you have been successful.

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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.