Over the weekend of 8th and 9th March, volunteers from UBoC, the Leeds Ecosystem, Atmosphere and Forest (LEAF) research centre, and academics from the University of Leeds joined forces with the Forestry Commission and successfully planted 4000 oak trees in the Lake District.
The tree planting was part of a push by the Forestry Commission to restore cleared felled upland commercial woodlands back to semi-natural woodlands.
In addition to the wide range of benefits that natural forests play in nature conservation, recreation, overall landscape and climate, forests are also known to help reduce flooding, which is of particular interest given the recent UK floods. In this context it is thought that joint upland and floodplain forests are effective at reducing downstream flood risk.
Regeneration of semi-natural forests on cleared felled sites (including upland sites) can also lead to improved water quality.
Ed Butt – March 2014