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Challenge: Plant a tree in your community. Taken from the BB Seniors Challenge Plus Pro Pack, Challenge 39




You need to consider the type of tree you are going to plant, species such as oak, beech, ash or hornbeam are large trees and need a lot more space. Species such as common whitebeam, wild cherry, crab apple, field maple, silver birch are smaller.

Before planting a tree you will need to seek permission from the landowner or local council depending on where you are looking 10 plant it. They may be able to offer a location.

Once you have found an appropriate location, consider the following:

• How big will it grow? Take care to ensure its final size will fit in with the environment and avoid planting large trees within 10— 15 metres of buildings.
• Avoid planting trees in key conservation habitats such as flower-rich grassland, wetland or heath.

Then comes the actual planting of the tree, you should ensure you have appropriate equipment (spade, etc). Also consider how the tree will be supported during its early life. You should liaise with a professional gardener or tree expert throughout this challenge.

Tips / Advice:
• You could hold a special unveiling ceremony or dedicate the tree in some way.

Safety Issues / Risk Assessment:
Use of tools and equipment should be supervised.

For full details see the BB Seniors Challenge Plus Pro Pack, Challenge 39


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