Planting trees helps offset carbon emmissions as trees absorb carbon dioxide and emit oxygen and therefore help reduce greenhouse gases which are causing climate change. For details please see this article by Dr Mike Morecroft who lives in Hungerford and works for Natural England, is an Honorary Research Associate at Oxford University, and a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
HEAT is working to plant trees in and around Hungerford and have procured a large selection of saplings (rowan, silver birch, wild cherry, common oak, field maple, grey willow) from the Woodland Trust. These saplings are available from March 2020, with many having already found homes. If you have land that can be planted with trees or would like to volunteer with planting please contact us.
In addition we are talking to Richard Benyon MP about the potential for local landowners and farmers to plant more trees and also to local councils who own land that might be plantable.
In 2019 HEAT supported Hungerford Primary School to help every pupil plant a tree in the school grounds, and secured space in the churchyard at St. Lawrence’s for several new saplings to be planted. Help achieve more in 2020 by getting in touch.