Carbon Capture Programme – October ’16
Hello and welcome to the October issue of our Carbon Capture newsletter.
Help us to help the UK’s Woodlands
According to recent reports from the Woodland Trust, planting rates have plummeted to an all-time low. Woodland cover across the UK is just 13%. Without urgent action our woods and trees will start to disappear.
Yet last year, the Government missed its planting targets in England by a whopping 86% and woodland cover in the UK is among the lowest in Europe. That’s where we come in. As the UK’s largest woodland conservation charity we can’t stand by and let this happen.
We can change this, through our support of the Woodland Trust via Premier’s Carbon Capture scheme we can help to create rich, bountiful native woodland right here in the UK for all to enjoy; after all trees and woods are vital – for life, for health, for wildlife and for our future.
The Woodland Trust have promised to plant 64 million new trees by 2025 – one for every member of the population. And through our continued support and dedication to the Carbon Capture scheme, we will help them to achieve that goal.
Request a Woodland Trust Discovery Pack
The Woodland Trust autumn discovery pack helps to explain the importance of woods and trees, why they face an uncertain future and how you can help, request a pack today from www.woodlandtrust.org
Tree of the month : Spindle
Also as a bit of fun, on each edition of our Carbon Capture Programme we name our tree of the month, this month we have chosen the Spindle.
Spindle is native to much of Europe and can be found most commonly on the edges of forests and in hedges, scrub and hedgerows. It thrives best in chalky soils and is less common in Scotland.
Mature trees grow to 9m and can live for more than 100 years. The bark and twigs are deep green, becoming darker with age, and have light brown, corky markings. Twigs are thin and straight. The leaves are eaten by caterpillars of a number of moths, including the magpie, spindle ermine, scorched carpet and a variety of micro moths, as well as the holly blue butterfly. The leaves also attract aphids and therefore their predators, including hoverflies, ladybirds and lacewings, as well as the house sparrow and other species of bird. The flowers are a rich source of nectar and pollen for insects, particularly the St Mark’s fly. New spindle shoots are round, soon becoming square, and then round again as they expand and mature.
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