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Severn Trent In Tiny Forest Tree-Planting Drive!

Utility company Severn Trent has issued a call to volunteers from the local Hinkley community to help it plant five Tiny Forests at five sites in Langdale Park, Ashby Road Cemetery, Clifton Way, Jellicoe Way and Burbage Common.


This tree-planting drive is part of the company’s plans to create 72 Tiny Forests across the entire Midlands region as part of its partnership with the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.


These Tiny Forests will each be the size of a tennis court, with the idea being to increase regional resilience against climate change-related issues like flooding, heat stress and nature loss, as well as boosting access to green space in urban areas.


Ricky Dallow, the firm’s forest delivery manager, said: “It’ll be fantastic to be in Hinckley and play a role in 3,000 trees being planted across five sites. The sense of achievement as we work our way across the region planting these Tiny Forests is incredible and we’d encourage any locals who’d like to come to one of the sites and help plant a few trees to sign up.


“As a company that takes care of one of life’s essentials, we’re committed to making a positive impact on the communities and the environment where we live and work and these small but mighty Tiny Forests are set to become a real asset to the region, as well as playing a key role in the legacy of the Games.”


Tiny Forests are dense fast-growing native woodlands, based on a forest management method that was developed by Dr Akira Miyawaki in the 1970s. Each forest features 600 trees planted densely together to maximise the benefits per m2 of land.


The method of planting encourages accelerated forest development without the use of fertilisers or chemicals. After the first two years, management and maintenance requirements are low – and the forests are capable of attracting more than 500 animal and plant species within the first three years.


In 2020/2021, Earthwatch Europe succeeded in planting 49 forests across the UK from Glasgow to London, with the aim being to establish more than 150 forests in the country by 2023.


Earthwatch also runs Freshwater Watch, a global project that enables individuals and local communities to monitor, protect and restore local water resources. They train people to collect and analyse water samples from rivers, lakes and other freshwater sources, with the data then used to support efforts to improve water quality.


Only around one per cent of the water on earth is available for people to use and this is being put under pressure by population growth, climate change, pollution and farming – but getting involved in the Freshwater Watch project could help protect these precious resources for future generations.


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