Trees play an incredibly vital role in nature. Unfortunately, the UK has one of the lowest tree coverages in Europe with a mere 13% of our land covered by trees, and only 2% of that is ancient woodland. Biodiversity is also plummeting. A recent study showed a fall in 41% of our native wildlife populations since 1970.
Despite these worrying statistics, the UK has been identified to have one of the highest potentials for reforestation globally. Nature is incredibly resilient; our woodland ecosystems can still thrive – we just need to give them the chance.
With each SustainaBox, we're planting a native tree, for you, right here in the UK. We believe trees are more than powerful offsetting tools. They are the anchor to our precious habitats and ecosystems.
We've partnered up with the Woodland Trust to ensure that we're creating the maximum ecological benefit with each tree.
It's about the right tree, in the right place.
This scenic lake is our first ever tree planting location. Lakeshores provide habitats for a wide variety of species, from willows to woodpeckers. Planting around lakeshores, if done correctly, provides natural habitats, stabilises slopes, improves soil porosity, mitigates floods and filters out unwanted pesticides, all ensuring a balanced ecosystem.
We planted four clumps of common oak. Surrounded the lake boundary and wetter regions with goat willow and alder, both of which thrive with plenty of water at their feet. We also got attacked by the local wildlife numerous times.
We planted over 12 different species of native tree in this already thriving habitat. We can't wait to see our first location turn into a woodland!
Previously used to farm free-range chickens, the field is sheltered by a variety of existing trees, which makes it perfect for nurturing young saplings. With 71% of the UK’s landmass used for agricultural purposes and only 6% used for the purposeful cultivation of trees, planting on agricultural land is crucial to replenishing the UK tree population.
We planted over 100 apple trees in this location to accompany the existing ancient apple trees. So we decided to call it The Orchard!