My grandson bought a crab apple tree with his Christmas money – just imagine how long this will last him! It will sequester carbon, help with soil drainage attract pollinators and provide food, as well as being a beautiful living thing to admire.

Sir William Worsley is the government’s first ever ‘tree champion’. His main task is to ensure that 12 million trees are planted in England during this Parliament. The majority will be conifer, as the money making side of forestry, but it is the broad-leaved forests where the greatest diversity is to be found.

In Bradford-on-Avon a tree nursery has been started and will be expanded this autumn using locally selected fruits and seeds from mature trees.  Liz S.