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Category: Tree Planting

  1. Trees for Life plant record number of trees in a year!

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    There’s some amazing news from Scotland.

    The charity Trees for Life have just totted up the number of trees they planted in 2017 and it comes to a record breaking:

    156,869 trees!

    Of these, 133,000 were planted at the Allt Ruadh exclosure at the Dundreggan Conservation Estate, thus helping to restore the Caledonian Forest in the stunning Highlands.

    Volunteers spent over 5,000 planting trees, and members, donors and supporters similarly played a vital role in ensuring the trees could be planted.

    What’s more, Trees for Life have been invited to join the growing European Rewildling Network which puts the restoration of the Caledonian Forest in the Highalnds firmly on the European map.

    The network shows how re-wilding can benefit from economic development, including nature based tourism such as wildlife watching, nature-based tourism and volunteer opportunities.

    Trees for Life has a number of Conservation Weeks and Conservation Days throughout the year, bringing visitors to Scotland.  

    The Caledonian Forest is Scotland’s equivalent of the Amazonian rainforest.  Today, just 1% of the original area is left, but Trees for Life has already restored large areas in Glen Affric and at the Dundreggan Conservatoin Estate by planting over 1.3 million trees and encouraging natural restoration. 

    The charity’s Caledonian Pinewood Recovery Project will help to restore 50 acres of remnant pinewoods – mostly ancient 200 year old “Granny” Scots pines which are dying.  There are no young trees to succeed them, so the fragments are in danger of vanishing without action.

    You can find out more about Trees for Life here  and how to help here.



  2. Search engine Ecosia plants trees as you search

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    If you're looking for a way to help plant trees yourself, here's a very easy way to do it!   Choose the search engine Ecosia to search online for the things you want! 

    This short You Tube video tells you  how Ecosia started.   It explains why they are planting teres, and how they decide where to plant trees. 

    Their goal is to plant 1 BILLION trees and you can help every time you search online.  So far, nearly 23 million trees have been planted already!   

    You can use Ecosia on a whole range of devices, such as computers, mobiles and tablets and help them plant more. 

    You only need to make a small change to have a big impact - the information about Ecosia is followed by an interview with conservationist Jane Goodall.  


  3. Birdlife International reports that women are championing mangrove conservation in Nigeria

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    International bird conservation charity BirdLife International report that a group in Nigeiria is empowering women and the community to protect the very productive but rapidly disappearing mangrove forests there.

    Groups of women are helping commuinties to restore and manage mangrove forests in 5 villages in South East Nigeria.   It’s a important breeding site.  Crocodiles, tortoises, turtles, fish, shrimps, crab, snails, clam and oysters call this area home.  Local people depend on the forest to support their livelihoods. 

    For the forests have been overharvested.  Trees have been used for firewood in homes and to build canoes.  Patches of forest have been cleared for housing.   This means that ecosystems and economic benefits have put the mangroves at risk. 

    But the good news is that 7 women on the frontline are working with communities.

    Workshops reaching 330 women are raising awareness about the importance of mangrove restoration and tree planting.

    Just 9 months after the project was started, over 400 trees have been planted in key areas.  Another 600 have been ear-marked for distribution to women in the communities to promote agro-forestry practice.

    And 2 nursery sites have been established in 2 communities to grow the Rhizophora species of mangrove tree, and over 400 seedlings grown!

    Fly away to BirdLife International for more information
  4. New Northern Forest to be planted in the UK

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    In January 2018, the UK Government kicked off the year by backing a project to create a new Northern Forest.  

    The Government will provide £5.7 million to increase tree cover in this area.  The project will cost £500m over 25 years, and the balance will be raised by charity. 

    The Woodland Trust is leading the scheme with local Community Forests

    The project will see 50 million trees over 25 years.  They will stretch from Liverpool right over to Hull, embracing the major cities of Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds, Chester and Hull alongside other major towns along the M62 corridor. 

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    According to the Woodland Trust, benefits of this new forest include:

    • Improving air quality in towns and cities
    • Mitigating flood risk in key catchments
    • Supporting the rural economy through tourism, recreation and timber production
    • Connecting people with nature
    • Helping to delivery better health and wellbeing for people by providing access to green spaces
    • Providing a rich habitat for wildlife to thrive

    Woodland cover is at just 7.6% there, below the UK average of 13%.  The EU has an average of 44%. 

    Tree planting rates are very low with there being only 700 hectares against the Government’s target of 5,000 hectares a year, so this project should help.

    However, while it is one thing to create new forest, it is another to destroy ancient woodland which the Government is hell bent on, in part to create room for this ridiculous and incredibly expensive HS2 railway.  

    If this Government really cared about forests and woodlands, it would stop destroying ancient woodland and stop routing the high-speed train route through them.  

    Five Community Forests that sit within the proposed areas for the Northern Forest – you can find out more about the Community Forests here.