If a few transition communities took tree planting seriously it could quickly add up to a lot of tree planting with many Climate Change and local resilience benefits.
Ron Wiener from Transition Chapel Allerton in Leeds calculated that if 40 cities planted 2,500 trees a year that would equal a million trees over about 10 years.
With Leeds preparing a tree strategy, Ron organised a meeting with one of the arboreal officers with Leeds City Council to explore possible sites for tree planting as part of a climate change strategy.
It turns out that North East Leeds for example has a lot of sites where tree planting is feasible. However choosing sites for new trees needs careful investigation to avoid root growth into underground pipes and cables and liason is needed with many departments and other bodies that have an interest in different sites.
From a resilience point of view planting trees that produce food such as fruit trees would make sense. However this is not without its challenges as these trees can be subject to vandalism in an urban environment and the uncollected fruit can cause problems.
The main challenge is that the Council has little money available for trees and their maintenance. As there so often is, there are many ways to solve such challenges and a number of ways are being looked at to provide the needed funds and trees. These include collaborating with other groups with an interest in tree planting and approaching local Councillors in each area to see if they might have funds as well as potentially organising specfic fund raising events.
Many schools have a lot of space that could carry trees and this could be tied in with a school seed project. However because of
Nearly 30 years ago, Wangari Maathai began organizing women in Kenya with the idea that by planting trees, the women would improve both the environment and their livelihoods. Winner of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize for her work she said that “When planting your tree, think about how even small acts can have significant results and how each one of us can help bring peace into our troubled world,”
the risk from children with nut allergies, nut trees are likely to be avoided on school grounds.