The Trees campaign
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.
We'll be getting started on this project soon. Watch this space for more updates or sign up to be the first to know what's happening.
We are thrilled to that this project is supported by:
Postcode Local Trust - The Postcode Local Trust is a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Our project received £20,000 from the Trust to build natural soft flood defences and plant trees in Wolverley.
Aviva Community Fund - From whom we won funding thanks to our supporters' votes.
Hamilton and Prizeo - When hit musical Hamilton was opening in London, creator Lin Manuel Miranda and his wife Vanessa Nadal wanted a UK charity to partner with. They chose 10:10!