We love trees. As living things they are very beautiful, but they do so much for us too. Trees are the lungs of the planet; they regulate the air that we breathe and the water we drink. They form the backbone of entire ecosystems, and host many of the planet’s hottest centres of biodiversity.
Trees and woodland also store vast quantities of carbon. Deforestation accounts for roughly one fifth of global greenhouse gas emissions, more than the entire transport sector. Planting trees is a way of taking carbon dioxide back out of the atmosphere.
Tree planting can play a vital role in other aspects of climate change too. By planting next to existing ancient woodland we can provide a buffer for wildlife, allowing species to move through the landscape more easily. New tree cover can give protection against soil erosion and flood damage, both of which are likely to be more prevalent in the coming decades.
This blog provides a platform for discussing the many issues about carbon and trees. Feel free to add your voice to the debate, but please be polite.
Dr Nick Atkinson
The Woodland Trust