Saturday 12th April saw the planting of the first 80 trees which will be a part of the wild wood being established near the M60 boundary with the Allotment land on Ashton Moss in Tameside
The trees planted were a mixture including Birch, Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Hazel and Holly, the trees were supplied by the Woodland Trust and funded by IKEA, under the ‘Trees for Communities’ scheme which supplies free tree packs to local community groups.
The reclaimed Allotment site land on Moss Lane has been cultivated by Ashton Allotment Action since April 23rd, 2011 when following years of delay by Tameside Council, neglect and mismanagement by the land owners, Stayley Estates and their agents Cordingleys, the prospective allotment holders came together to take control of the land.
As well as providing food and habitat for local wild life the Wild Wood will provide a visual and sound barrier between the allotments and the M60 and the allotments and other benefits.
The importance of trees to attracting and sustaining wildlife especially the feathered kind is well known. The physical structure of trees provide a habitat for nesting, cover and perching, but trees also provide food via associated insects and via their seeds and fruiting as food production.
Trees and tall shrubs really do supply an effective boundary, both socially and aesthetically. foliage and branch surfaces physically muffle noise, sound travels, but nature in the form of trees, can provide absorption and reflection.
Tree foliage intercepts airborne particulates, from dust to soot and pollen, thus cleaning the physical content of air but further, trees absorb along with carbon dioxide during photosynthesis other atmospheric gases, many the by-products of exhaust fumes and industrial processes.
Amongst the atmospheric pollutants that trees absorb are carbon monoxide, sulphur dioxide, and nitrogen dioxide another Part of the process of photosynthesis is the intake of Co2 to make food. So trees remove excess Co2 from the atmosphere.
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