Amy with Sara Lom, chief executive, The Tree Council
Tree planting to restore environmental diversity, water storage, drainage and natural watercourses
Today environment charity Another Way, in partnership with The Tree Council and Ullswater Catchment Management CIC, completed the planting of 1700 native trees in Matterdale valley in The Lake District UNESCO World Heritage Site.
This key project supports the call from the UK Committee on Climate Change of 1.5 to 3 billion new trees to be planted in the next 30 years. The right species of trees planted in the right places make the soil healthier and increase carbon storage and biodiversity. They also provide natural protection against flooding and drought and naturalise rivers, streams and wetlands.
17-year old Amy Bray, founder of Another Way, commented: “We need to prevent a 1.5 degree increase in the Earth’s average temperature to avoid the climate crisis that is rapidly approaching us. Amongst many much-needed initiatives in reducing carbon emissions planting trees helps to sequester some of the carbon emissions the world is producing and provides a significant contribution to fighting the destruction of our planet.”
Over the last week school children, Scout and Brownie groups from across Cumbria have joined Amy to plant, in a random fashion and without plastic guards, a native bare root stock of Common Oak, Quickthorn, Hazel and Blackthorn trees which are indigenous to Matterdale valley. At the planting sessions farmer and author James Rebanks, and Jamie Normington from Cumbria Wildlife Trust gave talks to the children on nature. During the last few years Amy has spent much of her spare time visiting these schools and groups to provide education sessions on climate change and to suggest actions we can all take to help combat the devastating effects that are happening to our planet.
“From me and the Another Way team, a huge thank you to everyone who has made Another Way’s tree planting project come to fruition – The Tree Council for the grant for the trees, Ullswater Catchment Management CIC for the project opportunity, Cubby Construction who donated the planting equipment and most of all to all the young people who have done the hard work – the planting,” Amy continued.
Students from a few of the schools Amy has given environmental talks to, Brough Primary School, Threlkeld Primary School, Austin Friars School Carlisle, Inglewood Primary School, Kirkoswald Primary School and groups from Hoosiders Scouts and Skelton Brownies, donned their wellies and rolled up their sleeves to make the Another Way tree planting project a success.
Also joining Amy for the planting on Friday 29th November was Sara Lom, chief executive of The Tree Council who commented: “To mitigate climate change and safeguard precious eco-systems, we all need to make planting and caring for trees part of our everyday lives. Amy is amazing – bringing her local community together and inspiring people of all ages around the UK. She epitomises the spirit of National Tree Week – everyone working together for the love of trees and the environment.”
The Another Way tree planting project is supporting the Ullswater Catchment Management CIC which has developed a plan to plant more trees, create more woodland pasture and to maintain or improve the traditional nature-rich farmland habitats and micro-habitats, like hedges and hay meadows.
Commenting, Danny Teasdale, Director of the Ullswater Catchment Management CIC said: “Amy’s project has many positive outcomes for our environment and fits in nicely with the aims of Ullswater Catchment Management CIC which are to combine conservation and natural flood management into the farmed landscape.”
Via a grant from The Tree Council’s Community Grants Scheme the trees for this Another Way project were purchased from Thorpe Trees of York and the equipment for planting was kindly donated by Cubby Construction of Carlisle. Amy’s tree planting project has also been supported by the Daily Mail’s ‘Be a Tree Angel’ campaign which runs up until Christmas in partnership with The Tree Council.
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About Another Way
Registered Charity Number 1181438, Another Way, founded by Amy Bray in January 2019 when she was 16-years old, aims to promote and support behavioural change for the health of ourselves and our planet engendering an environmentally sustainable community. The organisation provides environmental conservation education to the public using leaflets, talks, activities, events and community projects based on independent and widely accepted research. The charity focuses on creating unity and empowering individuals to make changes in their own lives, with the belief that the actions of every inhabitant of this planet are significant. Amy was named Cumbria Woman of the Year 2019. For more information www.another-way.org.uk.
For more information, photos and interviews with Amy please contact Helen Ratcliffe on 07767 785786 or Helen@another-way.org.uk.
About The Tree Council
The Tree Council (registered charity no. 279000, founded in 1973) is one of the UK’s leading charities for trees, promoting their importance in a changing environment and working in partnership with communities, organisations and government to make trees matter to everyone. As the coalition body for a diverse range of organisations, the Council focuses on getting more trees, of the right kind, in the right places; better care for all trees of all ages and inspiring effective action for trees. For more information www.treecouncil.org.uk
About Ullswater Catchment CIC
Ullswater Catchment Management CIC was established after the floods of 2015, firstly focusing on Glenridding and Patterdale. The work began as part of the local flood action group and due to demand expanded to cover Ullswater and Dacre catchments. We prove that by working with multiple partners we can successfully combine conservation and natural flood management into the farming business, by listening to and working with farmers we can, and have made huge progress with many projects now delivered. Follow our work on Twitter @ullswatercic.
About The Daily Mail’s ‘Be a Tree Angel’ campaign
To coincide with The Tree Council’s National Tree Week, The Daily Mail has launched a campaign to urge readers from now until Christmas to plant up to a million trees across the UK. Readers have been offered a voucher to pick up a free tree to plant in their garden, to support local tree planting initiatives or to pledge money to fund tree-planting. For more information click here, to donate click here.