Did you know?
- Just 13% of the UK’s total land area has tree cover (compared to an EU average of 35%).
- Doubling UK woodland cover could help absorb 10% of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions annually.
- Not only do trees absorb carbon, they fight flooding, reduce pollution, nurture wildlife and make landscapes more resilient.
Want to take action? Grow trees from seed
This year, given the challenges of Covid restrictions and limited availability of city parkland for new plantings, we are encouraging our members and supporters to grow trees from seed. Check out Banbury Trees’ fantastic tree planting guide, with step-by-step instructions. Trees grown from seed should be ready to plant in two years’ time.
You may wish to consider contributing to Oxford Botanic Garden’s 400th anniversary celebrations: they plan to collect and grow over 400 native trees from seed found within and around Oxford. Local residents, schools and communities are being asked to collect English oak, field maple, hornbeam or hazel seeds, then follow the instructions on how to stratify, sow and plant them. Participants can then plant the trees in their own gardens or donate them to the Botanic Garden. Find more information here.
Other ways you can take action and get involved:
- Sign the petition to double tree cover in Oxfordshire
- Sign the petition to double UK tree cover
- Join Oxfordshire Trees for the Future and find out how you can help plant more trees
- Join the Big Climate Fightback and pledge to plant a tree