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Trees. A solution that is as simple as trees.

Sometimes, when there is so much that needs to be done to deal with the climate emergency and biodiversity loss, it can be a little overwhelming.  As an individual it is also hard to know how you can help to “do your bit”.  It turns out, one of the most effective solutions to dealing with both of these challenges is low tech, low budget and actually quite nice.  It’s trees.

Trees are the ultimate multi-taskers, they absorb carbon, fight flooding, reduce pollution, nurture wildlife and make landscapes more resilient.

As a nation we have been given a target of planting 1.5 billion trees by 2050 to help deal with climate change.  That’s a lot of trees in just 30 years.  This winter, our community can make a start by getting involved in South Gloucestershire Council’s winter tree planting program.  In conjunction with The Woodland Trust, the Council is giving away 1,000 free trees of various species – oak, birch, field maple, crab apple, hazel, hawthorn, wild cherry, rowan, holly and goat willow.  They will be quite small, 30 – 60 cm whips, but this means they should establish more easily and grow well.  Olveston Parish Council is hoping to get 10 trees for the Parish.  The Making Space for Wildlife group will be selecting locations to plant the trees in the coming weeks and planting them as part of National Tree Week 23 November – 1 December 2019.  As ever, if you would like to be involved with the project, including planting some of these trees or becoming a “tree warden” to help look after the saplings in the all‑important first few years after planting, please get in touch with Melinda Evans on melinda_rackham@yahoo.co.uk.

If you can’t help with tree planting this time but would like to help with the 1.5 billion tree target, The Woodland Trust is asking individuals to “Pledge to Plant” – to plant a tree on National Tree Charter Day on 30 November (or thereabouts).  Lots of useful information about planting trees is on their website https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/.