Seeing the Good for the Trees
We’re already feeling the devastating impacts of climate change. In the UK we know climate change played a role in the 2013-14 floods, and it’s only going to get worse.
Meanwhile, we’re not planting nearly enough trees. Trees breathe in carbon - they’re a fantastic way to tackle climate change. And, tree planting is a cost-effective natural flood defence too.
We want to tackle both these problems in one - helping communities tackle climate change and protect themselves from flooding at the same time.
We’re beginning in Wolverley, Worcestershire. It’s a quintessential English village. It sits on the River Stour and the Worcestershire canal, with a beautiful sixteenth century church, cosy pub and two schools. It’s been flooded four times in the past decade.
The emotional, environmental and economic costs of flooding are huge. The people of Wolverley want to do something about it. And we want to help.
We're working with our partner National Flood Forum and teaming up with Wolverley's local flood action group to create natural flood defences. Alongside tree planting we’ll explore leaky woody dams, debris dams (like heather bales) and hedge laying to slow the flow of flood water.
Volunteers will lead the project, but we want the whole community to play their part. At volunteer weekends, everyone - local schools, faith groups and sports clubs - will get involved in planting trees and protecting their village for years to come.
And this project will provide opportunities to talk about climate change and other ways to tackle it.
What’s more, this is just the start. We want to take what we’ll learn at Wolverley and see how we can use it to support another nine flood risk communities. It’s a sapling of an idea for bigger, braver and bolder action on climate change across the UK.
“Legacy. What is a legacy? It’s planting trees in a garden you never get to see.”
- Alexander Hamilton, act 2 Hamilton
We’re very excited to get started, and we’re not the only ones. The new project has attracted the attention of Lin Manuel Miranda, creator of hit American musical Hamilton and his wife Vanessa Nadal. The musical is opening London this winter, and when the team wanted a UK charity to partner with, they chose 10:10.
As any Hamilton fan will tell you, tickets are like gold dust - and opening night tickets are already sold out. But, from today, you have the chance to enter a £8 ballot to win two VIP tickets to see Hamilton on opening night and go to the after party, plus round trip travel, accommodation and a chance to meet Lin-Manuel and his family.
Part of the money raised will go to 10:10’s work supporting tree planting in flood-prone areas across the UK, and the rest will support the work of our American friends at the Natural Resources Defense Council.