It’s been one year since we began making regular donations to Trees for Life, a conservation charity dedicated to rewilding the Scottish Highlands. So far we have donated 12,120 trees to our Krystal grove. This equates to an approximate area planted of an astonishing 11 rugby pitches! These trees will be carefully planted in protected sites in the Scottish Highlands, where they will create homes for wildlife and forests for the future.
Why Trees for Life?
We’re grateful to have the opportunity to help take action against climate change through Trees for Life.
Rather than simply planting rows and rows of uniform carbon-capturing but otherwise ecologically destructive trees, Trees for Life work with nature, using rewilding to help them achieve their vision. Rewilding is a long-term effort to restore and extend natural forest habitats, providing both a carbon sink and a healthy wildlife ecosystem.
Why are trees so important to the environment?
- Trees are vital for both humans and the natural environment. Here’s just some of the benefits they bring:
- Help fight the climate crisis. By removing CO2 from the atmosphere and locking it up, trees help to combat climate change.
- Create wildlife habitat. Trees provide important habitats for wildlife and are fundamental to the survival of many species; wildlife such as red squirrels, black grouse, otters and golden eagles.
- Trees clean the air. Humans breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide, trees do the reverse – cleaning the air that we breathe. Trees also absorb pollutants such as nitrogen oxides, ammonia, sulphur dioxide and ozone.
- Trees maintain local water sources. Trees hold water, prevent flooding, restore underground reservoirs and maintain water vapour in the air, increasing the chance of rainfall and reducing drought and desertification.
Our continued support for Trees for Life
Recent studies have found that trees may be the best way to stabilise our climate by removing CO2 from the atmosphere, giving tree planting a prominent role in the fight against climate change.
That’s why we’ll proudly continue to support the wonderful work of Trees for Life, whose vision is of a revitalised wild forest in the Highlands of Scotland, providing space for wildlife to flourish and communities to thrive.
You can read more about our commitment to environmental sustainability here.
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