New CEH Report reviews role of trees in flood prevention with a systematic review of the current evidence in order to inform policy and planning decisions, and to identify knowledge gaps and areas for priority research.
Three organisations call for ambitious planting plan for trees The CLA, Woodland Trust and Confor say increased tree planting targets should be introduced, “with clear goals for forest cover that reflect the many benefits [trees] can deliver and that address our present unacceptably low level of woodland cover”.
Woodland Trust announce planting 50 million trees in North. "We can lock up over 7 million tonnes of carbon as well as potentially reduce flood risk for 190,000 homes." The government has pledged £5.7m, the Woodland Trust £10m and the rest of the £500 m over the next 25 years still needs to be raised
Try mixing trees with farming more. Agroforestry can deliver productive landscapes that diversify farm businesses, soils that are healthy and don’t get washed downstream and space for wildlife alongside human activity. The historic separation of forestry and farming has led to a void between both sectors in knowledge, funding and advisory services
In the book, I spelled out how trees can benefit soils, reduce flooding and global warming, and could provide healthy foods like nuts and berries. Yet few trees, especially deciduous ones, are being planted The UK has fewer trees than just about any EU country.
"Dear Elizabeth (II),
What a fabulous walk and talk you had with Sir David Attenborough to demonstrate your love of trees. in the programme Green Planet. In it you say you want to make a canopy of trees in the world – to create a ‘Commonwealth Canopy’, This "has been proposed by Commonwealth countries wanting to harness their collective expertise and resources to protect the world’s forests". Frank Field claims that he first thought of the idea, but none of the main politicians of all parties were interested.
"The project, supported so far by more than 40 of the 53 Commonwealth countries, aims to create a global network of protected woodland — from a tiny six-acre site in Antigua and Barbuda to the 6.4 million hectares of the Great Bear Rainforest in Canada." More
Where best to start this? There is a vast acreage of land round here – in the Forest of Bowland – an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The thousand of acres of this moorland - left to shoot grouse, could be even more outstanding as a canopy of trees. Instead of barren old moors, they could go back to what they used to be several hundred years ago - before they were chopped down to make warships..
These trees that would not only be fabulous to look at, provide wealth for the future, carbon capture units, and a way to hold water to reduce flooding – all needed round here. Perhaps, with a bit more thought the trees could also produce fruit, nuts and berries – all good sorts of food, that many could really benefit eating in the old mill towns nearby.
A lot of this land belongs to the Duchy of Lancaster - who is you, I thought where better start that Commonwealth Canopy? You own about 3000 acres on that AONB. What a message it would send out to say that that land needs to be forested and bring the Commonwealth together. I have worked in 20 Commonwealth countries so know how aware they are of what goes on here.
It was the Duchy of Lancaster who in 1621 (not you then obviously but King James 1) arranged for nearby land in Slaidburn to be allocated to some of the parishioners - but not anybody who had squatted the land (called 'Assarters'..see Land). I was to live and farm on one of these plots of land in the 1970s. Each of our two farms had some land by the river rising to land backing on to these moors. We planted about a thousand trees over 30 years ago on one farm to protect the other. You can see it from the sky - what a view the Commonwealth could have of your trees.