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Campaigns update: food production and climate change

In a change from our usual transport challenges, this month we have two cases where farms have been proposed right next to ancient woodland. We are concerned about the emissions and dispersal of ammonia air pollution. This could be deposited at nearby ancient woodland sites, resulting in their deterioration.

Assessing the threat from ammonia

Key attributes of ancient woods are the soils, fungi and plants which have developed over hundreds of years. A nearby farm can significantly change the composition of these soils through ammonia pollution and nitrogen deposition.

We are therefore studying two farm applications, one dairy farm and one turkey farm.

No ammonia report has been submitted with the application for the dairy farm. This makes it difficult for us to establish the extent of the impact. The turkey farm does have an ammonia report which we’re currently assessing.

It’s important to note that not all livestock farming practices are inherently bad for ancient woodland. That’s why these ammonia reports are so important - they enable us to take informed actions.

The increasingly intensive poultry and livestock industry is resulting in some developments being sited inappropriately close to ancient woodland (Photo: Alastair Hotchkiss)
The increasingly intensive poultry and livestock industry is resulting in some developments being sited inappropriately close to ancient woodland (Photo: Alastair Hotchkiss)

New report states impact to food production from climate change

These farm cases highlight woods that are under threat from food production. On a similar theme, our friends at the Climate Coalition have linked food production to environmental change in a new report.

The recipe for disaster report looks at how climate change threatens British-grown fruit and veg.

Help combat climate change and #showthelove

The Climate Coalition’s report also launched this year’s #ShowTheLove campaign. And it’s bigger than simply the impact to food production.  Climate change affects everything we love.

So every year around Valentine’s Day, hundreds of thousands of people join together to #ShowTheLove for the places, people and life that we want to protect from climate change.

Our woods and trees face many threats, but you can help (Photo: Ben Lee/WTML)
Our woods and trees face many threats, but you can help (Photo: Ben Lee/WTML)

We need our trees to tackle climate change

Climate change threatens ancient woods and trees by:

  • changing the seasons
  • increasing the threat of pests and diseases
  • increasing the risk of extreme weather like storms and droughts.

But trees and woods can also play an amazing role in combatting climate change and making our landscape more resilient, they:

  • store carbon
  • help mitigate flooding
  • provide shade to reduce temperatures
  • provide renewable alternatives to fossil fuels.

You can #ShowTheLove too!

It stands to reason then, we want to #ShowTheLove this February. We challenge you to take one action to #ShowTheLove for our woods and trees threatened by climate change.

You can even press your MP to follow suit. After much lobbying, Michael Fabricant MP recently introduced a bill to parliament to focus on mapping our precious ancient woods. We’ve been calling for this for years so this is great progress.

And it goes to show, as citizens you can be heard and create the change. MPs can take action, so contact yours today!

It takes just a few minutes, but our combined voices have the power to make a difference. Fight for our trees, combat climate change, and do your bit!

Together we can create a future safe from climate change

#ShowTheLove and take action now