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SEGA Europe teams up with Creating Tomorrow's Forests for World Earth Day

SEGA Europe teams up with Creating Tomorrow's Forests for World Earth Day

Games company, SEGA, most famous for its Sonic the Hedgehog character is planting trees to celebrate World Earth Day 2021. Each tree represents one of their employees and they hope to inspire positive environmental change as the UK begins to recover from the pandemic.  The trees will be planted in Somerset, UK, on a former agricultural site that is now being transformed into a woodland habitat by tree planting experts, Creating Tomorrow’s Forests. The site was designed with biodiversity in mind, featuring a central pond and...

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Introducing the Tree Planters

Introducing the Tree Planters

Tree planting is known as one of the toughest jobs in the world, and with growing international commitments to plant trees as part of the effort to fight climate change, we need tree planters now more than ever. Forests are critical to the health of the planet, reducing atmospheric carbon dioxide and preserving the biodiversity that allows us to survive. With initiatives such as the ‘Trillion Trees campaign’ and the...

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Forest Bathing - the Benefits of Spending Time in Forests

Forest Bathing - the Benefits of Spending Time in Forests

With many people across the world experiencing a very different lifestyle currently due to the Coronavirus pandemic, time outdoors and our connection to nature has never been more important. We live in an increasingly urbanised world, however, and it is estimated that 68% of the global population will live in cities by 2050. We also spend less time outdoors, with people in countries such as the UK spending 90% of...

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National Nestbox Week

National Nestbox Week

This week is National Nestbox Week, an initiative that runs from Valentine’s Day each year to raise awareness of the need to provide extra nesting space for birds. It is the perfect time to install a nestbox in your garden as the birds are just starting to form territories for breeding. Many of our common species struggle to find natural nest sites and providing a nestbox offers them a safe...

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Woodlands in Winter

Woodlands in Winter

Winter may not seem like the best time to visit woodlands, with stark, bare trees, muddy leaf litter, no birdsong, and many species in a dormant state. Indeed, dormancy and hibernation are common overwintering strategies as plunging temperatures and reduced food availability pose a considerable threat to the survival of trees and animals. Most of our native vertebrate animals remain active in the winter, however, demonstrating an array of behavioural...

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Using Wood for Good – How Timber Can Help Fight Climate Change

Using Wood for Good – How Timber Can Help Fight Climate Change

Planting trees is the most efficient and scalable nature-based solution to fighting climate change and helping to achieve the Paris Agreement targets of restricting global warming to 1.5°C. Forests have great potential to help absorb more of the excess carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere as trees absorb it and store as carbon, making forests the largest land based carbon sink. Preserving and restoring forests is internationally recognised as being...

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Creating Woodland – How to Plant Trees

Creating Woodland – How to Plant Trees

Trees are one of the most effective current solutions to absorbing excess carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere and helping us to limit global warming to the 1.5°C target set as part of the Paris Agreement. There is international recognition of the need to protect our existing forests and expand forest cover to sequester more carbon and this has led to a plethora of tree planting campaigns such as the...

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Five Reasons to Go Down to the Woods this Winter

Five Reasons to Go Down to the Woods this Winter

When it is cold outside it can be tempting to stay huddled up indoors eating tempting Christmas treats, but there are some enormous health and wellbeing benefits to getting outdoors into nature. After an exceptionally stressful year, we have researched some of the best reasons to get outdoors and let nature soothe our frayed nerves this winter. 1. Exercising outdoors is more effective There are many studies that have shown...

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How Green is Your Tree? The History of Real Christmas Trees

How Green is Your Tree? The History of Real Christmas Trees

There is something undeniably magical about coming downstairs during the festive season to smell the pine scent and see the twinkling lights on a real Christmas tree. Although we associate the Christmas tree tradition with the Victorian era, the custom of bringing evergreen foliage indoors during the winter is much older, reminding us that life continues even during the dormancy of the colder months. It may seem a shame to...

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What Is Biodiversity and Why Is It Important?

What Is Biodiversity and Why Is It Important?

Biodiversity is a term used to describe the astonishing variety and variability of living organisms on planet Earth. From tropical rainforests with jewel-coloured birds to windswept penguins in the Antarctic, diverse communities of bacteria, fungi, plant and animal organisms form ecosystems with their physical environment. The species within these ecosystems interact to produce a complex web of interconnections, with each species affecting others around it. The complexity of these interconnections...

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