Love Wimbledon can proudly announce that it has planted the longest native woodland hedge in Wimbledon.
Ahead of National Tree Week, Love Wimbledon has joined the Woodland Trust’s The Big Climate Fightback and pledged to help fight the climate emergency, by planting over 250 new saplings in Hartfield Road.
As well as being one of the best ways to fight a changing climate, planting trees can help to improve air quality in urban areas and protect biodiversity. Younger trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, at a rate of nearly 6kgs per tree. This means that the new hedge planted by Love Wimbledon will absorb approximately 1,500kgs of CO2 and have a significant impact upon air pollution in Wimbledon Town Centre.
Love Wimbledon’s double-row hedge features a variety of species including Rowan, Hazel, Cherry, Elder and Crab Apple trees. This carefully-selected combination of saplings, will offer beautiful blossoms, bright berries and stunning autumn displays, whilst also acting as a connection for existing woodland, to help wildlife stay on the move.
Trees are essential for people, wildlife and the environment. They absorb carbon, fight flooding, reduce pollution, nurture wildlife and make landscapes more resilient. But given the alarming rate of global warming on our planet, reducing our carbon emissions will never be enough.
‘It is vital that we grow a UK-wide patchwork of trees and woods – not just by planting, but also through natural regeneration. The woods, hedges and green spaces we create buffer existing habitats, tackle climate change and reverse wildlife decline – all at the same time’.
– The Woodland Trust
So, join us in reducing our impact on the environment by helping to look after this hedge. If you are passing by, give the trees a little drink and help them flourish!