14,000 trees – 1 for every person living in the Sid Valley.
Trees, biodiversity and climate change.
Last week, the town council’s environment committee committed to planting thousands of trees:
The Working Group considered a new ambitious target to plant 14,000 trees (1 for every person that lives in the Sid Valley)
A group was setup consisting of Ed Dolphin, Diana East and Ian Barlow to look at the feasibility and of 1,000 trees being planted by April 2023. The group would approach farmers, landowners and others looking to find suitable areas to plant the trees. They would look to plant the remaining 13,000 trees within 4-5years.
Other such ambitious targets are being considered around the world:
And consideration is also being made of what trees to plant – particularly in urban areas:
However, a report out this week suggests that trees will be finding it very difficult:
So, the problem we’d like trees to solve is one that they are themselves facing:
An analysis of two decades of satellite data shows that forests in arid, tropical and temperate regions are becoming less able to bounce back after events such as drought and logging
Besides, planting a load of trees is not necessarily going to ‘save us’:
But maybe a load of trees might help ‘save’ other species:
Perhaps the Sid Valley won’t be seeing bison any time soon – but there is research being undertaken into the area’s ancient woodland, so we need to be looking after the trees we’ve already got:
Research is also happening locally – which clearly helps biodiversity: