A well-considered scheme is needed for any new tree planting. In choosing species, consideration should be given to their mature height, span and root growth.
Deciduous trees express the passing of the seasons (but need a lot of work in autumn). If possible, indigenous species should be planted. Recent weather trends may suggest choosing more drought resistant species, but they may have to tolerate periodic downpours as well.
Deciduous trees and shrubs help other wildlife to flourish. Yew trees eventually grow very large, needing lots of space to develop their form. Flowering trees are more appropriate to a garden setting but can be used sparingly.
An appropriate location should take account of the minimum distance from structures, and also any effect on wildlife.
After planting, the young tree will need protection and cherishing, to ensure security and healthy growth. This may include staking and protective barriers. These should remain long enough but not too long, to avoid restricting the girth of the trunk. www.DofN.org/Trees-in-Churchyards
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