Find out about how carbon emissions can be absorbed through home planting trees
Trees are the Earth’s natural carbon capture and storage mechanism. Trees absorb CO2 through photosynthesis, locking up CO2 into trees for hundreds of years.
Tree planting is an important tool as we try to prevent and minimise the impact of climate change. They will be key to absorbing our hard to reduce emissions and will help the UK reach net zero by 2050.
No matter the size of your garden, you can always consider tree planting. Whether that be in pots or in the ground, or planting species that mature to relatively low heights. Whatever form of tree planting you do; it can help contribute to the absorption of CO2 emissions.
Trees can also:
- provide shade
- improve air quality
- increase pollinator numbers
- reduce pollutants
- help improve mental health and wellbeing
- help reduce flood risk.
Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk planting
We have submitted a grant application with the Forestry Commission for the planting of over 6,000 trees near Lynnsport. This will be the first large scale planting programme as part of our efforts to tackle climate change, through removing carbon dioxide.
Other small-scale planting schemes are in the work such as the re-planting of 500 trees at King’s Reach after their planting and maintenance was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Further work will start on the development of a new tree planting and green habitat strategy, as stated in our climate change strategy and action plan.