I don’t know about you, but it warmed my heart to on the BBC news last week that trees may be about to reduce flooding levels in some areas by 20% according to the Environment Agency.
The UK is sparsely covered by trees with woodland only accounting for 11.76% of our entire land area. In comparison the USA has 30.84% woodland coverage and Spain has 57%. In fact the UK has one of the lowest amounts of woodland on percentage of land across Europe.
Trees though have many more benefits than just reducing flooding, such as cleaning our air and proving homes and food for wildlife. They can also be managed to provide wood for fuel and building structures.
It’s clear that planting the nations rivers and feeder streams with trees is not going to solve the flooding crisis’s which we have already faced and those we’ll see in the future, but as part of a national strategy it seems like a no-brainer and a reasonably low cost project.
The planting could also be combined with community efforts with local fund-raising and volunteer planting days. I love the idea of empowering communities as part of the solution as opposed to just letting the professionals do it. Imagine the feeling a child would get planting their own tree in their own community which they will see grow and to learn that the reason they are doing it is to help their town and others for generations to come.
It could even be sponsored on a local level by local businesses who want to reduce their carbon footprints by funding trees in their community throughout the years.
Would love to hear your thoughts.