Tree Planting


TREE PLANTING

Why plant more trees?



Wildlife

Trees host complex micro habitats. When young, they offer habitation and food to amazing communities of birds, insects, lichen and fungi. When ancient, their trunks also provide the hollow cover needed by species such as bats, wood boring beetles, tawny owls and woodpeckers. As a tree ages it is slowly colonised by more and more species, so a mature tree is more valuable to the ecosystem than a young one.

Native and broad leaved trees generally host the most species. One mature oak can be home to as many as 500 different species.



Climate change and air quality

Trees are able to remove excess carbon dioxide from our atmosphere and convert it into oxygen via a process called photosynthesis. They take in CO2 and water and when combined with suitable light conditions, they produce glucose, and oxygen that is then released into the atmosphere. Additionally some trees are effective air filters, trapping pollution particles in their leaves and bark.”



Flood Protection & Soil Erosion

Trees both slow and reduce the quantity of water reaching water courses

They also provide the added benefit of preventing soil erosion and protecting watercourses from run-off. 

Replace Felled Trees

Trees need to be constantly replaced as they naturally die or are chopped down. 



Shelter & Shade

In summer when it’s hot, trees provide shade, reflect heat upwards from their leaves and release water vapour

into the air which also cools the air. It’s estimated that trees can reduce the temperature in a city by up to 7°C.

They also reduce wind speeds.



Aesthetics

Its not just spring blossom and the autumn tints that many folk appreciateYou can enjoy the dappled light

shining through the leaves, the patterns on the bark and of course the wildlife that they attract.

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Opportunities to plant


Planting a tree requires an area of suitable ground which aren’t that plentiful in a town! We are planning to

 meet with a city councillor to explore opportunities on land they control. 

In addition we will also try to identify any spots around Hyde and Abbotts Barton that may accommodate a tree, including dead spots in pavements or under-used road space.

You may also be able to help by thinking about any underused space in your garden – or a relative’s, or a friend’s garden.

Not all trees are large! There are lots of small, native trees available – see www.woodlandtrust.org.uk