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Creating tomorrow’s forests – building back better

Tomorrow’s Forests have launched a brand-new forest creation project giving the public the chance to work together to create UK forests, fight climate change and ‘Build Back Better’ after Covid-19.

Their first site is close to their headquarters in Dorset, on the Somerset Levels, and before being used for agriculture, the site was wet woodland and home to a rare mix of tree, plant, and wildlife species. It’s their mission to restore the land to its former glory, planting native trees, building homes for birds, and creating wildflower meadows.

The Covid-19 pandemic this year meant that more than half the world’s population had some form of lockdown imposed upon them. It had a dramatic impact on air pollution, with carbon emissions falling by an average of 17% globally. Images of clear blue skies flooded social media as the earth had a chance to breathe. Despite C02 levels rebounding quickly, the UK public has been putting pressure on the government to ‘Build Back Better’.

Dr Simone Webber, Senior Ecology Editor at Tomorrow’s Forests, said, “It’s important that we look after the land around us. There are so many forest creation projects overseas, but the global lockdowns have alerted us to the importance of looking after our immediate environment.”

Major business leaders including Lloyds Banking Group, Heathrow Airport, and BP signed a letter in June asking the UK government to formulate a Green Recovery plan as part of the strategy to get the country back on its feet. It aims to stimulate economic growth using green initiatives.

Nowadays, 88% of consumers expect businesses to have excellent corporate and social responsibility (CSR) programs. By linking the purchase of a product to a direct environmental benefit such as tree planting, business owners can send a powerful message about how seriously their business cares about the planet.

Nick Hollingworth, Managing Director, said, “We have made it possible for individuals and businesses to plant their own trees in the UK every month. After this crazy year, the public is demanding more ways to do their bit for the planet, so this is a great option for them to get involved.”

Tomorrow’s Forests have planted a whopping eight million trees over the past six years. With many habitats already established around the UK, and another already in the pipeline, they have great plans to plant millions more.

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