Guernsey Trees for Life is a registered charity which aims to plant 500 native and naturalised species of trees yearly on our island on well-considered sites.
‘We’re passionate about preserving our local environment, so everyone benefits from more woodland. Seeing trees planted by the local community is a wonderful scene too,’ said Andy.
The organisation is mindful that we live in an era in which influence from people have altered Earth’s fundamental systems. Trees are
a foil for some of those effects. They have been shown to promote health and social wellbeing by removing air pollution and are also useful in combatting some of the effects of climate change. They
are also invaluable habitat areas for wildlife, stabilise soil and the canopies can provide a physical filter, trapping dust and absorbing air borne pollutants. More than 20 species of British trees and shrubs are also know to have medical properties.
Mature oak trees have been found to be home to 500 different species, including insects and fungi.
On a sustainability level, they are part of a UK plan to reach net zero emissions. While technological solutions are still at an early stage, trees are a readily available way to contribute toward achieving net zero emissions and come with the added benefits of supporting wildlife, flood management, health to name but a few.
England has recently committed to creating a new forest “the size of Birmingham” having recognised their value for society as a whole and to reverse deforestation, coupled with removing carbon from the atmosphere.
Guernsey Trees for Life plays an active role in our island community, organising tree plantings, including for schools and by promoting the benefits of trees and how we can maximise them. Chamber will be working closely with the charity going forward to enable a ‘value added’ sustainability aspect for our membership.