The Tree CouncilThis is National Tree Week – the UK’s largest annual festival of trees. The Tree Council are encouraging us to consider how we can ‘change views for the better’ by planting and celebrating trees.

Across the country, views of the landscape are changing for the worse as more and more trees fall victim to invasive pests and diseases. National Tree Week provides communities with the impetus to fight back by planting the trees of the future and attempting to change the view for future generations.

For those who don’t have the opportunity to plant a tree, there are plenty of other ways to get involved in National Tree Week. People can celebrate trees by contributing a tree story or memory towards the Charter for Trees, Woods and People, which launches in a year’s time in November 2017. Or they could ‘dress’ a favourite local tree during Tree Dressing Day (3rd December 2016), which falls on the last weekend of National Tree Week.

Get out and about

It is also an opportunity to get out and about – despite the cold – and get some exercise as the days draw in.

Regular exercise can not only help you lose weight, but it can relax you and make you feel good. And this can have knock on effects on your gut too. Out fitness expert personal trainer Sophie Christy says whatever the time of year get your VEST on:

  • V- Vary your exercise
  • E- Everyday routines can include exercise
  • S- Step to it and check your exercise rates with a pedometer
  • T – Thirty minutes, five times a week

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