If you want to create your own lasting legacy, plant a tree in your garden – now's the time to do it! Planting trees between November and March is a good idea as roots are dormant during winter, so the tree can cope more easily with being moved. It is possible to plant container-grown trees at any time of year, but even these are best planted in winter as they'll need less watering – and so are easier to care for – than if they're planted in spring or summer.
To plant your tree, first make sure that it will have space to grow properly – especially if it's a large species, such as oak – taking into account the expected spread of the branches in future years. Ensure the tree will not be too close to nearby buildings, fences and other trees.
Dig a hole that's wide enough and deep enough to accommodate the roots, and position the tree in the hole. The tree shouldn't be planted too deeply – the top surface of the soil should be just above the top of the roots. Refill the hole with soil, filling all air pockets and being careful not to damage the roots. Then firm the soil gently.