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The Big Climate Fightback

On Saturday 30 November we are holding a tree planting session. Planting is being earmarked in the Warwick Road Recreation Ground in the designated planting spots as part of a localeffort to make a contribution to the climate fightback. Up to 400 tree saplings are being provided by the Woodland Trust. Planning consent has been agreed with the Joint Recreation Committee.

November marks the start of the traditional tree planting season and the 30th falls in National Tree Week, a week of tree planting organised by the Tree Council. It is also Tree Charter Day, a national day of celebration of trees and woods.

Why plant trees?

1. They produce oxygen -. one mature leafy tree can produce enough oxygen to allow 10 of us to breathe.
2. They store carbon and absorb carbon dioxide - helping to mitigate the effects of climate change. In one year, a mature tree can absorb up to 48 pounds of carbon dioxide.
3. They clean the air - they soak up a range of pollutants and toxins which are emitted by our everyday activities. This is more vital than ever as air pollution increases.
4. Protection from flooding - the roots of a single mature tree can absorb up to 450 litres of water every day - reduce soil erosion and slow filtration into the drains.
5. They keep things cool - trees release water vapour through their leaves and provide shade which produces a cooling effect.
6. They support wildlife - providing a source of food and habitat to a plethora of species - bats, birds, badgers, insects, other plants, fungi and mosses. This list is almost endless!
7. Health and well-being - trees also help us with our ability to cope mentally with life in an artificial urban environment. Being around nature, specifically trees, has been shown to reduce the levels of cortisol in our brains. This is known as the stress hormone, and lowering it can help to reduce the symptoms of anxiety and stress.

If you would like to support this village venture and join others in planting trees would you register your interest by emailing greenkibworth@gmail.com. Please enter TREES in the subject line. We will contact you several days before the day to let you know that the saplings have arrived from the Woodland Trust and to confirm the meeting point and time. We anticipate starting at about 10am and going through the morning. We look forward to seeing you and your children.

Vijay Chavda
Kibworth Harcourt Parish Councillor
Issue 416
November 2019

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