Plant more Trees

I think that Torfaen Council should plant more trees and shrubbery not only next to roads but creating man-made woodlands in fields and other areas. Trees are very important for reducing Co2 Emissions, in Strasbourg, France, Selmi, et al (2016) demonstrated that trees that were managed by the council in an urban city reduced emissions by 7%, although that may not sound like a lot, strasbourg has a much higher population (277,270, Google, 2015), compared to torfaen (93,049, google, 2020). Torfaen is also more spread out (126km2) compared to Strasbourg (78.26km2) so this suggests that although both have urban features, there must be more space within torfaen to plant trees and other shubbery to absorb the emissions of vehicles and other urbanistic features. Trees that are the most effective at storing Carbon Dioxide and have a long life are Oak and Maple, however these may grow to be too big and do require some heavier work compared to smaller trees such as Hazel, Blackthorne, Apple and Willow which are also quite effective at absorbing emissions (National Trust, 2019).

Why the contribution is important

There are many reasons why planting trees is important, firstly the planting and upkeep of trees within an urban environment has been scientifically proven to reduce the harmful emmissions by 7% per year. If more trees were planted within torfaen this would reduce harmful emissions and thus provide residents with cleaner air. By planting more trees, they must be upkept which would also result in the creation of jobs. Trees also help with Mental Health, there are many studies that show greenspace areas boost a persons mood and help with mental health, so to have this available to residents, that would also provide them with an oportunity to visit a place to reduce stress and feel better with nature. Visits into a forest are comon place in Japan and it is called Skinrinyoku which translates into forrest bathing and has been proven to help with mental health.

by Joel on November 07, 2020 at 10:37AM

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  • Posted by AngelaB November 09, 2020 at 09:04

    Great idea. Oak trees are wonderful for biodiversity, too.
  • Posted by VeronikaBTorfaenCouncil November 09, 2020 at 14:52

    Thank you for sending in this idea. We're definitely looking into areas where we can plant trees and have a few projects currently being developed. We need to make sure that we plant the right trees in the right places to ensure we don't cause any harm to other habitats or species. We are also looking at allowing some areas to revert to woodland naturally by appriopriate fencing and / or restricting grazing and grass cutting.
  • Posted by CAJacob November 11, 2020 at 15:34

    I support both comments above. Friends of the Earth in Wales have a tree planting campaign for all local authorities. There can be few people who would oppose such a wonderful idea, and there are thousands of local saplings which could be potted up by each person and nursed to healthy re-planting size, if a scheme could be supported with a nursery facility.

     A common tree planting policy plus hedgerow planting and management is an enjoyable way of improving life for humans, wildlife, espcially urban wildlife which is vastly declining and de-carbonising the atmosphere. It would require active support by all land management operators in the county borough, e.g. local authorities, housing associations (very important), developers and other land owners.
  • Posted by thepureoption November 12, 2020 at 09:12

    It's a simple but excellent solution to the problem of carbon from vehicles as the trees would absorb any carbon.
    Something to consider that an average car produces 0.096kg of carbon every 15 minutes and an average tree absorbs 0.06kg per day so you will need to plant three trees per car to counteract the carbon generated.
  • Posted by Mel November 21, 2020 at 12:29

    Agree. Trees and flowers in Pontypool town centre would be great.
  • Posted by ceriregan December 05, 2020 at 07:07

    I wholeheartedly support the move to plant more trees , hedgerows, and shrubbery. This isn't a new concept but it is classed as the easiest - it is something that can done immediately to reduce CO2 in the atmosphere.

    I know of people who enjoy growing their own potted trees from seed (acorn, hazel, chestnut, etc) - it would be good to have somewhere to (legally) plant these out, knowing that they were adding to the biodiversity of Torfaen - I would be interested in doing this on an annual basis with my children. And I would think that this is something that local schools would engage with also. There are national schemes that we could link up with for this too (e.g. the Woodland Trust) - but we need to promote these more so that they are more widely known.

  • Posted by Carole December 06, 2020 at 09:20

    Whilst I appreciate this is a quick 'easy' fix, and trees are beautiful objects (providing it's not just fast-growing fir trees that are planted), are we not just in danger here of making ourselves feel better in thinking "I've planted a tree therefore I've done my bit for the environment"?

    Planting more trees is a great idea, however we are not getting to the root cause of the problem (if you'll pardon the pun). Working out what is at the heart of the CO2 emissions in our particular county would be the first place to start as just planting more and more trees is not going to help us become carbon neutral by the deadline of 2050. It's a sticking plaster approach at best but we really need to get down to the basic problem.
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