We need trees!
Trees are essential for people, wildlife and the environment.
Trees also absorb CO2.
Planting trees is one of the best ways to draw CO2 out of the atmosphere and lock away carbon. A young wood with mixed native species can lock up 400+ tonnes of carbon per hectare in trees, roots and soil.
Trees take time to reach their full potential and we only have 12 years to fundamentally change our carbon footprint before irreversible damage is done.
In fact trees are the ultimate carbon capture and storage machines. And it's not just new woodland. Carbon accumulation continues in woodland that's centuries old. The entire woodland ecosystem plays a huge role in locking up carbon, including the living wood, roots, leaves, deadwood, surrounding soils and its associated vegetation. Old-growth forests are actually carbon sinks, contrary to the long-standing view that they are carbon neutral.
And trees do more than just capture carbon. They also fight the cruel effects of a changing climate. They can help:
- Prevent flooding
- Reduce city temperatures
- Reduce pollution
- Keep soil nutrient-rich
Woods are our allies in the fight against a changing climate, yet just 13% of the UK’s land area is covered by trees (compared with an EU average of 37%).
The bottom line is, we need more trees and we need to protect the ones we already have.
It has been estimated we need to plant 1 trillion trees to save our planet.
So What are we wating for? let's get planting!
Grants, subsidies and resources for woodland creation
A group of wholesome folk from Uckfield and beyond who plant trees to mitigate climate change and biodiversity loss... and have fun, make friends and build community in the process. A role model for other like-minded community groups
Oaks & Cherished Trees of barcombe
A non-profit initiative, supporting reforestation projects around the globe. Making it super simple to plant trees. It’s easy. Just £1 - plants one tree.
Treebombs are handmade Alder Tree Seedballs made from protective clay, nutritious soil, charcoal and 100’s of Alder Tree seeds. Designed and calculated to protect the seed during germination. Treebombs make mass tree planting possible for the many that realise the climate crises is urgent and the solutions are in our hands.
Helping others to offset their annula carbon footprint
Ecosia is a Germany-based online search engine that generously donates 80 percent of profits to tree-planting conservation organizations worldwide. Their search engine is powered by Bing, along with Ecosia's own search algorithms. So far, the site has led to the planting of more than 21 million trees
The Woodland Trust are giving away hundreds of thousands of trees to schools and communities
Three funds available for planting trees in your community: The Tree Council Tree Futures Grant Scheme – a fund to get young people under the age of 16 involved in tree planting and care, the Network Rail Community Fund and the Daily Mail Tree Angel Orchards Fund. Grants can cover up to 80% of costs
Where 500+ trees are planted as woodland on at least half a hectare, the Woodland Trust will help you design your woodland, create a bespoke species mix, supply the agreed trees and tree protection, and cover up to 75% of costs. Open to: farmer, landowner, business or local authority
The Woodland Trust's shop. Trees and more....
Sussex Lund is a grants programme of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin. It supports small-scale, practical projects that improve the landscape of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the surrounding area.
As part of the government’s target of planting one million urban trees by 2022. It has announced the Urban Tree Challenge Fund, offering grants worth £10m over two years to plant over 130,000 trees across England's towns and cities. Open to: individuals, local authorities, charities and NGOs. Matched funding required.
To achieve its target of planting 11 million trees throughout the UK the government provides the Countryside Stewardship Woodland Creation Grant (WCG). Aimed at landowners and farmers the grant is to supply, plant, weed and protect young trees.
Further useful information about government grants: