This year the charity Plantlife has received a lot of support from community groups across the UK who are looking to increase flower rich spaces along road verges, in local green spaces and in their gardens. In October we are running a free digital event series Fall into nature with Plantlife. To find out more, or to book a place on one of the online events, click on the links below.
Carbon sink: More than a pretty space (October 7th, 2.00pm)
COP26 is destined to be a turning point in climate change policy. Delayed by 12 months due to Covid, world leaders will gather in November in Glasgow to agree the terms for a new climate agreement. Importantly, the USA is back at the table under President Biden’s leadership. The goal of the conference is to keep global temperatures within the 1.5˚ increase limit. However, this year, the UK Government has been clear that the biodiversity crisis needs to be central to the discussion too. Plantlife has been working to highlight how nature-based solutions can help to meet our climate goals and support nature. Plantlife’s policy lead, Honor Eldridge, will speak with representatives from different non-government organisations around the world to highlight conference challenges and how we find a pathway forward.
Communities in action: On the road to success (October 7th, 6.30pm)
Are you interested in wildlife-friendly road verges? Perhaps you’re a wildlife group, a councillor or highways officer, or a contractor but not sure where to start or need some inspiration? Join us to hear from individuals and organisations from around the country who are transforming road verges for wildflowers and the wildlife they support. You’ll hear from each panellist and will be finding out their top tips for road verge projects. Together we’ll be discussing solutions to frequently encountered barriers such as negative perceptions and collecting grass cuttings, and there’ll be time for you to submit your own questions to the panel.
Right tree, right place – why there is more to tree- planting than meets the eye (October 22nd, 1.00pm)
It sounds so simple; plant trees, they will soak up carbon. But the type of trees, where they are planted and how they are managed is crucial, not least for the survival of our wild plants and fungi. The wrong tree in the wrong place can cause more harm than good. Right tree, right place’ is a common mantra, but what does this mean in practice? How do we protect existing wildlife habitats such as meadows and heathland from inappropriate tree-planting? As hundreds of millions of pounds are being invested in millions of trees, how do we make sure that both nature and the climate benefit?