- Offset Your Trek…
Offset Your Trek...
15th May 2015 - General Catchment
Offset Your Trek..
Travelling often generates large amounts of carbon which contributes to higher levels of greenhouse gas emissions in our atmosphere. We are asking people visiting the Lake District to act positively and responsibly to reduce their carbon emissions and support a more sustainable environment by planting trees with West Cumbria Rivers Trust.
By pledging £5 (or more!) we will plant 5 trees to offset your carbon footprint and leave a legacy for future generations.
What are the benefits to planting trees along our rivers and lakes?
- Creates riparian habitat (plant habitats and communities along the river margins and banks are called riparian vegetation);
- Provides bank stabilisation to reduce erosion and in turn reduces damaging sediment input into our rivers and lakes;
- Provides shading to keep our rivers cool and in turn protect species from a rising temperatures due to global warming;
- Helps reduce flooding by the take up of water and slowing down run-off;
- Planting native tree species will support our natural ecosystems, biodiversity and wildlife and creates a wildlife corridor along our watercourses and improves wildlife networks; and
- Establishes new woodlands for generations of people to enjoy now and in the future.
Other tree related benefits funded by this project…
- Large woody debris – “fish live in trees” – where trees are layed into the side of river banks which provide shelter and refuge for a small fish away from predators
- Willow spilling is a technique using willow trees and stakes to weave a secure bankside structure to reduce erosion and improve water quality by reducing the amount of sediment entering our rivers.
- Supporting the work of the Woodland Trust who will provide all the trees for the project and provide on-going maintenance. See www.woodlandtrust.org for the work they do.
- Other conservation works will be carried out where tree planting is not always possible such as removal of invasive non-native plants along our watercourses and fencing around newly planted trees.
Special planting days will be arranged over the winter months for supporters to plant their own trees in person. For more information on carbon offsetting please see the Woodland Carbon Code. To calculate your carbon footprint see www.myclimate.org
The Carbon Cycle
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This new booklet is a really interesting read for all the facts about trees and rivers and how your contribution to Offset Your Trek helps! Banking for the Future Booklet