Trees – we need more

I have spent today in the woods and as the old saying goes “what a difference a day makes”. Surrounded by trees and the wildlife that is all around, if you look carefully for it, has a very beneficial effect on me for some reason, even at night.

I can’t explain why I always feel so good after being in the woods all but over the years knowing how beneficial being amongst trees can be, it has become an ambition of mine to own my own woodland.

Small woodland owners always tell me you never need to join a gym when you own woodlands. They become your workout zone, whether taking care of the trees or maintaining the under canopy, or any of the other jobs required throughout the natural cycle of a year.

Inspired by Iliff Simey, if I can ever get the cash together to get my own woodland, I would resolve to embrace the natural forest practice he pioneered.

The latest figures I could find were grim reading for my local county. We have less than 50% of the average tree coverage and I thought we were quite rural. That means no matter how small the piece of land you have control over, planting a tree is more important than ever. If you have access to a larger than average garden, planting several trees may allow you to do your bit.

I would appeal to any farmer or landowner in the Northeast of England, if you have land that is no longer productive for arable crops or grazing of livestock, please do get in touch. It may be suitable for tree planting and that could provide another revenue stream.

Over the weekend I drove past a pine tree plantation that was planted around twenty years ago. I remember driving by the new saplings when they were first put in. I didn’t go by there that often but over the years I saw a whole eco-system form as the trees matured. My last journey past was devastation. The entire plantation had been harvested and only tree stumps remained. I can only hope the owners plan to ensure another generation of growth will occur. Whilst my sense of loss was huge, if they replant and replace, more trees will convert CO2 to oxygen. Fingers crossed the devastation I saw will be temporary and new trees will be growing there soon.