CAP Tree Planting Autumn - Winter 2024
TEMPERATE RAINFOREST IN EXMOOR
CAP is excited to be raising funds to plant trees in rare and unique TEMPERATE RAINFOREST in Exmoor National Park. This tiny refuge of woodland is called rainforest because it is located in the region's hyperoceanic climatic zone. This is an area that receives high rainfall & has relatively mild, year-round temperatures that provide the perfect humid conditions for a diverse range of wildlife. Intriguing and rare plants, including ancient ferns, lichens,
liverworts and mosses thrive there, growing on trees, boulders, around streams & on the ground.
The team at Exmoor National Park are carefully increasing tree cover in this zone. We're chuffed to be supporting this; temperate rainforest is Europe’s equivalent to the Amazon Rainforest... there's a lot to love about it. Planting days are possible for funders.
Temperate Rainforest in Exmoor
CAP Kelp Planting July - Nov 2023
PLANTING KELP FORESTS IN THE SEA
We have now funded a new project that we're excited about - KELP FORESTS in Portugal. The project is being run by our planting partners at Mossy Earth who, in conjunction with marine groups, are using a system of kelp growing called GREEN GRAVEL. It involves seeding pebbles with kelp in trays in optimal conditions in a lab and then, once established, popping them in to the ocean in kelp friendly environments to grow.
Three batches of approx 80 trays of green gravel have been popped into the water since July and the young plants doing well. Each tray has covered approx 50 square meters of the ocean floor.
Kelp grows quickly which is why people are excited about its carbon sequestering potential. The science however is not developed enough to guarantee locking away X amount of Co2. So when you fund kelp forests through CAP it would be as “a production’s investment into marine biodiversity”, it would not be to “acknowledge the production’s unavoidable carbon emissions”.
If you would like your money to go to further KELP PLANTING please add the word 'KELP' when you make any payment to CAP. Price per tray is £330.
Kelp Planting in Portugal
CAP Tree Planting Feb 2023
PLANTING AT THE FOREST OF MARSTON VALE IN BEDFORDSHIRE
On Thursday 9 Feb 2023 our fantastic tree planning partners at the Forest of Marston Vale planted 2000 CAP trees at their site in Bedfordshire.
It was a sunny day and the planting team did a fantastic job. I’m chuffed to say that, thanks to CAP's supporters, we have now funded the planting of over 6500 trees at The Forest. It’s a small but significant contribution to their planting programme which hopes to hit 5 million trees eventually!
The Forest is made up of 13 Community Woodlands (details can be found below) and last year it received the prestigious Green Flag Award for its flagship site, the Millennium Country Park. It’s the sixteenth consecutive Green Flag award won by the site, recognising the Park for its high standard of horticulture, safety and environmental management.
The communities throughout the 61 square mile forest area continue to benefit from the 2 million + trees that have now been planted, enjoying the woodlands together with the local wildlife that now thrives there.
Marston Forest Planting
CAP Tree Planting Nov 2022
FOOD FORESTS IN SOMERSET
During the Autumn 2022 we were excited to partner some of the country’s leading tree specialists in a project to plant Food Forests in the UK.
The team at Tree Source have a plan. They are planting food forests on farmland with a patchwork of locally adapted trees and plants that not only include native species such as oak, beech, hornbeam & fertility enhancing alder, but also smaller fruiting trees, nut trees & medicinal plants. Their planting designs nurture the underground mycorrhizal fungal networks that are now known to support tree growth, health and vitality, and they encourage space for biodiversity to thrive.
Food forests are an ancient form of farming practiced all over the world which has been all but forgotten in Britain.
They are a multi functional way to not only draw carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere but also to re-imagine trees as a productive part of agriculture providing food, fertility and medicines as well as contributing to soil retention and natural flood management. And on top of this, the multi-layered and species diverse planting designs mean that this type of woodland will have the best chance of withstanding the challenges of the changing climate.
Tree Source look for corporate partners to not only fund the planting, but also to be a physical part of it, enjoying the land on scheduled open days & harvesting it when the time comes. Thanks to a fantastic donation from Stink Films, CAP & a the Tree Source team planted 1118 trees in November 2022 on 14 hectares of stunning farmland at the new Tree Source nursery outside Bath.
Food Forest Planting
CAP Tree Planting
Autumn 2022 - 2023
RIVERSIDE PLANTING IN SCOTLAND
Thanks to CAP's awesome clients, a whopping 10,780 trees have been planted from Oct 2022 to Oct 2023 in two locations. The first is the beautiful Kyle of Sutherland catchment in Scotland, the second is in the Cairngorms National Park.
The planting has been overseen by our planting partners at Mossy Earth and has again been focused on riparian (riverside) planting with a view to protecting rivers in Scotland. See below (Autumn 2021 planting) for more detail.
Riiparian Planting Zone
CAP Tree Planting Feb 2022
PUTTING THE FOREST BACK INTO MARSTON VALE IN BEDFORDSHIRE