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Woodland Trust warns work to be done to save the trees

Studies by the Woodland Trust have shown that the loss in ash trees through Chalara disease could be fatal for the wildlife and surrounding landscapes. Trees are a major part of the eco system, providing habitats for small mammals, birds and insects, as well as providing fresh air for us to breathe. Ash trees also help to enrich the soil and make for better, more cost effective local produce, benefitting everyone. Other European countries have up to 30% native woodland coverage, but when compared with England’s 10%, it is clear that this is an important issue that must be addressed. Woodland Trust logo, aiming to protect the UK’s forests — Fur Feather & Fin Through a mapping scheme, the Woodland Trust have been able to take a look into the future, in order to see the effects it would have if trees are lost from the countryside. They have mapped 280 million trees and concluded that even minimal tree loss would cause a massive impact on the surrounding environments if the problem is not solved in a pro-active manner. This information has led to a plan being formulated to combat the problem and save the trees in our precious countryside. 1000 subsidised ‘Disease recovery packs’ will be provided in conjunction with a £4.5 million investment to target the ash trees infected by the deadly disease. These packs contain 45 trees from a mixture of 5 native species and advice on planting tailored to the specific area. Ash Trees lining riverbank, needs protecting from disease — Fur Feather & Fin Schools, communities and youth groups also have the option to apply for free trees to plant in areas accessible to the public, in order to help with the movement and raise awareness. Why not get involved with the help of our handy garden tools and accessories and start planting!   Logo courtesy of Woodland Trust Photo courtesy of Roger Kidd under Creative Commons

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