Establishing new native woodlands in your area makes your property carbon neutral, benefits your local community and increases biodiversity. It’s a well-established and effective method that combats the impacts of climate change. By fostering biodiversity and creating thriving ecosystems, native UK woodlands contribute immeasurably to the well-being of the planet, the local community, and the countless species that call these habitats home.
CLIMATE CHANGE IS REDUCED
The woodlands naturally serve as “carbon sinks”. This vital process is achieved through photosynthesis. Trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, release oxygen, and lock away carbon within themselves. The carbon captured then finds its way back into the woodland soil through fallen leaves. This contributes to the long-term storage of carbon within the tree’s roots, trunk, branches, and leaves. It is known as carbon sequestration.
In addition to serving as vital carbon sinks which mitigates climate change, native UK woodlands offer a myriad of benefits through their rich biodiversity.
FLORA AND FAUNA THRIVE
The woodlands that you support provide essential habitats for a wide array of plant and animal species. That contributes to the preservation of local ecological balance.
A diverse woodland ecosystem supports a variety of flora and fauna, including numerous species of plants, insects, birds, and mammals. Native trees like oak, birch and beech provide a suitable environment for various woodland flowers, ferns, and mosses to thrive. These vibrant undergrowth layers create a flourishing habitat for insects, butterflies, and bees. All crucial pollinators that play a pivotal role in supporting crop production and maintaining ecosystem health.
The diverse structure of native UK woodlands also provides homes and nesting sites for a plethora of bird species, including robins, blue tits, and woodpeckers. Mammals like hedgehogs, badgers, and deer find sanctuary in the sheltered undergrowth. Plus the resulting abundance of insects attracts bats and other insect-eating creatures, ensuring a balanced food chain.
Intricate networks of roots, fallen trees and decaying plant matter in these woodlands fosters a complex and productive soil ecosystem. Beneficial microorganisms and fungi work in harmony with the tree roots and that enhances the nutrient uptake which promotes healthier tree growth.
The decomposition of organic matter enriches the soil, supporting a diverse array of soil-dwelling organisms that contribute to nutrient cycling and overall soil fertility.
GREEN SPACES ARE CREATED FOR OUR HEALTH AND WELL BEING
Beyond their ecological significance, these woodlands also hold cultural and recreational value. They provide tranquil spaces where we can connect with nature, offer opportunities for hiking, birdwatching, and educational activities.
Native UK woodlands stand as living, breathing reminders of the country’s natural heritage and play a crucial role in fostering a sense of pride and connection to the land.
PROPERTY TREE CALCULATOR
Enter your property address below to calculate the carbon emissions that your property generates.
You will see how many trees need to be planted over certain time periods to cancel that effect.