Great British Bee Count Stories

Importance of nature

Published:  23 Sep 2020    |      6 minute read     |        |    Paul de Zylva
Nature is essential to our lives – from the food on our plates to the clothes we wear, from medicines to mental health benefits.

Agroforestry: a win-win for the future of farming?

Published:  03 Jun 2020    |      6 minute read
If we’re going to tackle climate breakdown, we need more trees. A whopping 72% of UK land is currently used by farmers for food production, but combining trees with farming gives us the option to suck carbon out of the atmosphere, and make farming more profitable, productive, and sustainable. Campaigner Nick Rau explains.

Life after lockdown: how to make green space accessible to all

Published:  20 Apr 2020    |      4 minute read
Access to nature is important to our physical and mental wellbeing. But the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted just how many people – particularly in urban areas – are robbed of important green space. Paul de Zylva explains how we can make our neighbourhoods cleaner, greener and healthier for all.

A tree is just a tree... or is it?

Published:  19 Dec 2019    |      2 minute read
2019 was the year that trees became political. In response to increased concern around climate breakdown, and amidst the backdrop of a General Election, all of the main UK political parties pledged to increase tree cover. But what's the connection between trees and climate? Scientist Mat Disney explains.

Seeing the wood for the trees: where next for our trees campaign?

Published:  10 Dec 2019    |      4 minute read
Tree planting and climate breakdown were high up the agenda during the General Election. But we need to ramp up the level of ambition from landowners and politicians. From rewilding to agroforestry, campaigners Guy Shrubsole and Danny Gross discuss what's needed to achieve systemic change and double tree cover.