heart in shrub
Jessica Rees
Sustainability and Engagement Officer
2 minute read

Everyone knows that plants and trees help capture CO2 but new research from Western Sydney University, reveals plants absorb 20% more CO2 (Carbon Dioxide) than we believed.

Plants go through the process of photosynthesis, turning absorbed water and CO2 into food for themselves using sunlight, releasing oxygen. One tree can absorb up to 25kg of CO2 a year, this is roughly the equivalent to driving 64 miles in a petrol car, imagine how much a forest can do for our climate.

a small green sapling growing out of a mound of soil

More planting please…

Good news – the UK pledges to boost access to green spaces and nature. A competition to select the location of a new national forest will be rolled out by the Department of Environment, allowing communities to nominate their local green spaces for up to £10 million funding.

NHS Trusts are also creating more green spaces, with Sussex Partnership, SASH, and Sussex Community all in partnership with the Woodland Trust to add trees to their sites.

Individually we can make a difference too (and let's not forget, all our planting efforts are 20% more effective than we thought!) with plants at home whether indoors or out. From a windowsill to a fully-fledged garden, if we take care of our green spaces, they will be taking care of us.

Tip – planting flowers around March time that are rich in pollen attracts the bees the best, they are essential in protecting our biodiversity!

small, blue forget-me-not flowers with a bumble bee