Should you save a tree?
The Mayor of Treedwell is keen to cut down an old tree to make room for more housing. Do you think the tree should be chopped down, or do you think the tree should be saved?
In order to decide, you’ll need to think about how important the tree is. If it is chopped down, will it just be the tree that is affected?
Find a tree that you like and imagine this is the tree the Mayor wants to chop down. Use the guides to help you identify what might be living in or around the tree.
How can you investigate the importance of trees?
Look for signs of wildlife
Trees are important habitats for a variety of animals. What can you see living on your tree?
Are there any birds’ nests? Can you see any invertebrates from our guide that might be living in or around the tree?
Look at the ground around the tree. Do you see any burrows or holes? What animals do you think could be living in those holes?
Try searching on the internet to find out.
Are there any lichens living on your tree? Some lichens can live for thousands of years. Many varieties grow on the bark of trees but they are often overlooked. What kinds of lichens have you discovered?
Now, look at all the evidence you have gathered. Now you understand how important this tree is, not just for humans.
If you were the Mayor.. Would you save the tree from being chopped down?
!! Please note – this is fictitious on this occasion but a daily dilemma in reality