29 November 2018
Since 1990, our communities have come together in celebration of our leafy friends on Tree Dressing Day which takes place the first weekend of December. It is all about remembering and appreciating what our trees do for us. We can then make a fuss of our favourite trees by trimming them with colourful decorations.
Often, we walk or drive past the same trees every day.
Have you ever thought about how you benefit from having trees where you live?
Tree Dressing day makes us aware of ancient customs around the world which celebrate trees in simple but colourful ways.
In Japan, people tie strips of paper (tanzaku) containing wishes or poems around trees for the Tanabata Matsuri (the summertime Star festival).
In India, Buddhists tie ribbons around the trunk of the Bodhi tree at Bodh Gaya, where the Buddha attained enlightenment.
These colour-blocked tags are a quirky British twist on a Japanese tree-trimming festival tradition. Write your own messages on each tag.
This idea can be adapted for Christmas by using festive colours, glitter paint or decorating tags with Christmas novelty stamps, stickers or sequins.