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Wind and Trees

So last time I was inspired by the horribly dramatic scenes of flooding across the country to write about how tree planting could help mitigate the risk. As I scan the weather forecasts for the coming weeks, I can see a worrying amount of little arrows and tight isobars. You don't need to know too much about meteorology to know that it's going to be windy! As yes, trees are centre of attention again! Ok, so trees falling down because of strong winds can cause a lot of the problem but part of this is because they have been planted in ...read more

20 January 2014 at 17:14 / Comment

How Trees Can Help Flood Defence

As the worst of nature battles our coastal towns and villages for another year, many commentators are asking why we have not been spending more on flood and coastal defences. There is normally some rehearsed line saying how sad they are about people suffering, quickly followed by carefully scripted phrases about balance of risk and value for money.Protecting our homes and landscape against the ravages of nature can be expensive, but we are missing a trick by focussing on single-function solutions such as flood barriers. But what if we could help protect our coastlines, reduce excessive water flow, sequester carbon, ...read more

07 January 2014 at 17:16 / Comment