I read about the Woodlands Trust’s Diamond Jubilee woods campaign. 6 million trees will be planted, including a 460 acre new wood (or plantation) in Northamptonshire.
I hope they are all going to be planted in the right places, not on nice grasslands, or on areas where nice grasslands should be restored/created.
The Woodland Trust press release extolled the virtues of trees as carbon stores
The planting scheme will be making Britain greener in more ways than one – as well as the beauty of the trees themselves, they will reduce the impact of pollution; the carbon lock-up potential from six million trees is roughly equivalent to the annual carbon dioxide output of a million cars.
This statistic didn’t look quite right to me so I did some calculations – and yes, what it actually means is that over the lifetime of the trees – a couple of hundred years – and assuming a lot of caveats, they will soak up the CO2 produced by a million cars in one year.
What’s really interesting is that converting intensively managed grasslands to wildlife-rich grasslands creates the same amount of carbon storage as planting trees. And you can carry on grazing them, unlike plantations.