AMY, Green Bell, Scotland discussed on Reasons to be Cheerful
But the but they need a balanced diet and we weren't worried that the forest we're looking at <hes> would not be able to make use of this extra carbon dioxide in fact we are finding is that it is he's making use of that carbon dioxide and it's making us to explore what at extra resources it confined below ground. Tell us about the other benefits of trees cool cities emmy sort of Kintu this cool cities wellbeing. Who was that part of your research shade element that amy mentioned is is very well attested and is going to be very obvious in the next few days because when it gets hold in cities you will find that the inhabitants the city hate for Parkland and they head for trees and get themselves into the shade of trees? You get a huge benefit from taking yourself out of the direct solar loading the direct ex- sunshine load on your on your person especially when you're bald head if you bowled like I am becoming that shade at is is a very significant benefit but of course it benefits very locally so we need to disperse doc benefits out into those communities which currently are very nature poor as sustainable urban drainage is something that engineers have worked on for a few decades now they know very well. It's very handy to have trees. He's as part of those green areas that just soak away the floodwater try and prevent these floods very flash flash floods that we get from having so much hard surface in our in our cities doc last element that any mentioned is a little bit more amorphous. It's a little bit more difficult to grasp and harder to get really rigorous scientific proof but there is a there is a greater and greater body of evidence the all points in the same direction as far as well being and can I ask you about how we get to your target. What does it look like? How do we do it? Where do these trees go very good question? We are proposing so when you go out of your town the city there's an area called green belts. I don't know if you kind of reflect back on a train journey that you've gone out of town or city and when you go right outside of it the land looks slightly. I don't WanNa say the word baron but it's just not that well used and some of it is farmland homeland and it's very very important farmland but what we're saying is around these towns and cities in these green belt areas. We can have some trees plants at their and is kind of lots of crew lots of trees. Lots of trees flaunted their that's in part as well. We've this kind of grading where it goes from one to five on soil and we're saying grateful poor soil conditions are k. for lots of trees and having them outside of towns and cities will <music> awesome mean that people can access it a lot better as well from their towns and cities because they want the nation or not people want nature on their doorstep again so it's a mixture of that and then on the uplands as well a lot is in Scotland at the moment but these uplands can and be also where trees can be planted which means that we're not kind of growing over like I said valuable food crops or housing developments but tree should be part of the landscape and that's why we really really keen to focus on the Green Bell in particular we say doubling tree cover it is possible because interestingly the last hundred years right after the first World War. We were on five percent of tree cover in the U._k.. And now we're up to thirteen percent. Your husband wouldn't expect people wouldn't certainly expecter yeah exactly some of it is for partly the wrong reasons of really important have the right trees in the right place. We don't want to be planting trees on a peatland for example which are huge carbon sinks the incredibly it'd be valuable for us and it's part of this package of natural climate solutions restoring peatlands is a separate thing that could help us on climate tall you yes yes and we should absolutely not replanting trees and then we should let them kind of be as they want to be the.