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This is National Tree Week, and communities all over the country are planting forests and showing children how trees contribute to our health and environment.

Hedge for health

Wear old clothes and gloves to plant a hedge. Meet at The Garden House, St Nicholas Park, Jubilee Rd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne Sun 24 November, 10.30am- 12.15pm (0191-284 6884)

See how it burns

Enjoy a charcoal burning demonstration, collect acorns to grow oaks and finish with a barbecue (bring your own food and drink). Devichoys Wood Trusts Reserve, Perranarworthal (btw Truro and Falmouth) Today 2pm-5pm (01872-73939)

Know the worst about owls

Examine owl pellets to discover the birds' prey, before heading off to the woodland and play area. Ruthern Valley Holidays, Ruthern Bridge, nr Bodmin Sun 24 Nov (01872-73939)

Plant young fruit trees

And decorate ancient oaks. There's also music, crafts, story-telling and a tree trail. All outdoors, so wrap up warm. Meet at Dawston's Hill, Dunstan's Rd, off Upland's Rd, E Dulwich London SE22, Today (0171-278 6612) 12pm-4.30pm

Learn from the professionals

Pershore College of Horticulture offer Guided tours of their arboretum, and demonstrations of tree-planting. Buy your own young tree to take home. Avon Bank, Pershore, Hereford, Worcestershire. Today, 10am-4pm (01386 552443)

Plant a time capsule

Folklore and carving

Get to grips with wood in an activities day which combines tree dressing, puppets, wood carving and hurdle making. Bring refreshments. Tanners Hatch Youth Hostel, Runmore Common, Surrey. Sun 24 November, 10am-4pm (01372- 452 528) Adults pounds 10, u-18s pounds 8

Be taken for a ride at Burton-upon-Trent

After working to preserve the forest canopy, kids get a ride from Shire Horses. Newton Rd Park, Winshill, Burton-upon-Trent. Today, 10am-3pm (01283 508 598)