Just the gist
Short on time? Here's what you need to know this month:
- 🆕 The Future Forest team have bought the forest of Brisbane Mains. It's 355 open acres of forest where the team will plant over 200,000 more trees by the end of 2021.
- 🌳 The team planted over 30,000 trees this month– that's over 1,000 trees per day!
- ✨ Our project is still growing, and just welcomed a new COO, Alex Cooper. Jade Reid has transitioned into a new role as CPO.
We are excited to announce that our project has bought yet another forest!
The forest of Brisbane Mains covers over 355 acres of land near the project's other forest of Brodoclea. Here's a drone shot of the new land:
Brisbane Mains: Planting 30,000 trees in one month
The whole Future Forest team pitched in to plant over 30,000 trees on the new Brisbane Mains site this month– that's over 1,000 trees per day!
The site will be almost completely reforested, and the team hope to plant more than 200,000 trees on the new land by the end of this year.
The majority of the trees planted will be native birches, oaks, native shrubs and Scots pine.
The Brisbane Mains site will be planted under the supervision of NatureScot, and the majority of the trees planted will be native birches, oaks, native shrubs and some Scots pine. The result will be a diverse woodland with a thriving ecosystem, that will also sequester a considerable amount of carbon.
The new forest will also encourage an increase in biodiversity– a small but vital step towards reversing the catastrophic trend of habitat loss.
"Over time we would expect the number of mammals, birds, insects, fungi and plants to increase as our woodland matures. The site is currently home to otters, badgers and Roe deer which all benefit from the woodland planting, as will our families of Mistle thrushes, Cuckoos, Tree pipits, Spotted flycatchers, Redpolls, Willow warblers and bats."
Jim Reilly, Forestry Manager
Over the sea: Fixing fences on the Isle of Mull
On the Isle of Mull, Greg, Ali and Flynn are hard at work building fences around the entire estate. There's an enormous amount of land to cover, since the estate spans over 2,000 acres. But it's necessary work– if the team don't keep the deer out, they will damage all the freshly planted saplings.
Yet another new member joins the team
This month the project welcomed Alex Cooper to the team. Alex will help the project scale up, as COO. Alex has worked in public service for over two decades, first in the military, then as a civil servant, where he recently helped build out the UK's COVID-19 testing system.
In his own words, he has two "feral" kids, who are "zealous followers" of Greta Thunberg, and he says he's excited to build a better planet for the next generation.
At Wren, we're so excited to have such committed, experienced people running our projects. We can't wait to see what Future Forest do next.
Your support means a lot. Sequestering carbon is key to curbing global warming, and this project is developing the most efficient way to sequester huge volumes of CO2 in limited space. With your help, we can spread the model to thousands more acres. 🧡
- Thomas and the Wren team