Make it Wild are experienced in tree planting and successful woodland creation. We planted our 25,000th tree during 2019! You can read some press coverage about that here. In 2011 we planted 18,000 trees on our first piece of land, which is now Sylvan Nature Reserve, near Kirk Hammerton. For more details, click here. It was the impact of those trees on the biodiversity of the area that inspired us to buy more land to protect for nature. In the planting season 2018/19 we planted 5,000 trees on our Bank Woods Nature Reserve, described here.
We believe there is no better way to address climate change, than through tree planting. It is important for everyone to try to reduce their carbon footprint as much as possible, but in modern society it is difficult to reduce it to zero. To compensate for the carbon footprint that remains, Make it Wild can plant trees.
Carbon dioxide (CO2) is a potent greenhouse gas, and is a major contributor to climate change. When fossil fuels are burned, for example by manufacturing, heating, transport and travel, carbon that has been locked away for millions of years, is released back into the atmosphere. There, it traps the heat of the sun close to the Earth, causing its temperature to rise. Since the Industrial Revolution, the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere has risen by 40%.
Carbon offsetting is a method used to compensate for carbon emissions that an individual or business makes, by investing in projects that sequester carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, thus preventing it acting as a greenhouse gas.
Trees play a crucial role in mitigating carbon emissions, as they absorb atmospheric CO2 through the process of photosynthesis, ultimately locking the carbon in their timber. Therefore, planting trees is the perfect way to offset your carbon footprint.
It is generally assumed that 1 tree will sequester 1 tonne of carbon over its lifetime. This is equivalent to 3.7 tonnes of Carbon Dioxide (CO2, usually referred to CO2e) being removed from the atmosphere. This assumes that a tree will live and grow for 40 years, although of course many trees live much longer than this.
Our number one aim is to create a space for wildlife, and to help to address climate change and global warming. Planting trees is an essential part of this. We would like to help you personally, or your business to help the planet, by planting trees on your behalf. Read about the special benefits of Make it Wild’s tree planting for carbon mitigation here.
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