Peatlands

Peatlands are wetland landscapes formed from the accumulation of dead and decaying plants over thousands of years in the presence of waterlogged conditions.  This organic matter is called peat.  They occupy 3% of land globally and 12% within the UK.  There are multiple types of peatlands, three of which are common in the UK: Blanket …

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Air quality

I wonder if we take our air for granted?  When we go about our everyday lives, how often do we consider if the air we breathe is polluted?  We are fortunate in the UK not to have visible polluted air that makes our eyes sting, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t experiencing poor air quality. …

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Creating and connecting woodlands

The importance of woodlands Trees have umpteen benefits; biodiversity, climate change, flooding, air pollution, soil and human health (see this blog for more details).  Woodlands are home to more wildlife species than any other habitat. The state of woodlands today Woodlands are essential landscapes but have been diminished and fractured worldwide through human-based activities, such …

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Composting

Composting takes materials we often consider general waste and produces a material highly valuable for soil. What is composting?  Composting is the break down (decomposition) of organic material such as food and garden waste by microorganisms in the presence of oxygen, providing a nutrient-dense resource for enhancing soil quality. Why compost? It diverts food waste …

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