Tree planting is a brilliant solution to tackle climate change and protect biodiversity, say experts at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
Forests are essential to life on Earth. They provide a home to three-quarters of the world’s plants and animals, soak up carbon dioxide, and provide food, fuels and medicines.
But they’re fast disappearing; an area about the size of Denmark of pristine tropical forest is lost every year.
Dr. Paul Smith said, “Planting the right trees in the right place must be a top priority for all nations as we face a crucial decade for ensuring the future of our planet.”
A raft of ambitious tree-planting projects are underway around the world to replace the forests being lost. Boris Johnson has said he is aiming to plant 30,000 hectares of new forest a year across the UK.
An African-led movement to plant a 5,000-mile forest wall to fight the climate crisis is set to become the largest living structure on Earth, three times the size of the Great Barrier Reef.