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 highlighted 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.
We're incredibly proud to be launching our very own tree planting operation, with a tree planted for every SustainaBox purchase by you. The operation will begin in January 2021 and has been endorsed by the Woodland Trust.
We will plant native trees best suited to each site as guided by the Woodland Trust. This will ensure that, in time, your trees will create a balanced and thriving ecosystem. Once planted, we will monitor and maintain your trees closely to ensure that they flourish and grow to healthy maturity.
Click on the map below to discover more about where your trees are being planted.
Planting trees, doing more.
With every SustainaBox, we're planting a native tree, for you, here in the UK. In doing so, we're gibing you the opportunity to make a lasting impact. Each tree has the potential to offset over 1.5 tonnes of carbon dioxide. You don't need us to tell you about the climate calamity we're facing.
However, we see the trees as more than just the powerful offsetting tools they are. We see them as the home of hundreds of species, supporting our habitats and anchoring our ecosystems.
We've partnered up with the Woodland Trust to ensure that we plant the maximum ecological benefit with each tree. With each of our planting sites we examine exact which trees should go where. This leads to the most important point of all:
The right trees, in the right place.
Location 1: The Lake
Number of trees: 1025
Particular features: Goat willow and alder in surrounding the lake and in damper areas.
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’ll be planting species that thrive with plenty of water at their feet.