Prioritise trees over travel

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Where possible, always prioritise trees over travel e.g. Ocean Way, Edinburgh, Trams to Newhaven. Even cutting down and re-plenishing shall leave a void

by GetEdinMoving on October 12, 2020 at 05:06PM

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  • Posted by BlackCrow October 14, 2020 at 10:49

    These latitudes are the home of temperate forests which have been decimated over the last thousand years and now we are now witnessing the removal of the equatorial forests too. How can you remove the lungs of the world and expect it to breath? Is this not the core issue here? If the Earths' means of converting CO2 into oxygen is being destroyed then you will have an increase in CO2- is this not so? Reforestation by broad leaved trees are the answer to the problem and it is that simple. The areas that are currently used for the hill farming of sheep can be reforested and this work can provide much needed sustainable employment in the countryside and also boost our tourism too.
  • Posted by nickm October 22, 2020 at 23:22

    Broadleaved trees (like oak, ash and birch) that store carbon in hardwood that can last for hundreds of years. Softwood from conifers (especially the widely planted fast growing Sitka spruce) decay much more quickly and much is too low quality to be sawn and so is converted through energy-intensive processes into fibre boards or paper. See also the other comments about saving peatlands we shouldn't be planting trees on them.
  • Posted by AndrewHeald October 25, 2020 at 23:01

    UK is the world's 2nd biggest importer of forest products - much of this material is from conifer forests and plantations.

    Growing less conifers and more broadleaves will increase the UK's impact on forests around the world.

    UK grown conifers are regularly used for sawn timber - the sawmills at Stephen's Croft and Fort William are some of the most efficient in Europe. Architects such as "Makar" build almost exclusively in Scottish timber.

    We need more conifers and more broadleaves - it isn't a choice.
  • Posted by rs October 26, 2020 at 08:04

    I live in the most afforested county in Scotland and the local wood stove company is importing kiln dried logs from Lithuania. When I raised this with the company, the sales person said he knew it was daft but all companies were doing it!

    I agree that we need more trees of all description. Grouse moors would be an obvious place to start.
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