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My Garden ~ planning for tree planting


Trees are still very much on my mind. At a recent family gathering, the importance of the function of trees in creating carbon sinks was a topic of conversation. My brother referred to something he’d read to the effect, ‘plant 101 trees for every one felled’. So it was with some interest tonight that I read Willem Van Cotthem’s Desertification  post, and I quote:

“The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched a major worldwide tree planting campaign. Under the Plant for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign, people, communities, business and industry, civil society organizations and governments are encouraged to enter tree planting pledges online with the objective of planting at least one billion trees worldwide during 2007.”

Great idea!  I won’t be able to plant ‘101 trees’ though. I still want to plant some trees as a living connection – but I’ll broaden the ecological context. This autumn I’ll plant groupings of native trees and other plants for their flowers, berries and nectar that are valuable  sources of food for the native birds such as tui and keruru (wood pigeon) especially in the winter and spring, and let’s not forget the bees. The shades of green, the shapes and different heights should not only create a restful visual effect, but also an ecologically beneficial habitat. 

Author: Jenny

My garden is where I lose myself, or as Himself likes to tell others, I lose either my coffee mug or wine glass. Well at least I put them on a gatepost so they are easily found. As I see it, we are here on this place to respect and to preserve nature, not to develop the land. I love how the totara trees stand in silent witness to our human activity. They keep me honest. I love to wander along the stream bank. I like being able to grow fruit and vegetables. I enjoy green open space. My son challenged me to write a blog using my garden diaries to start. Writing a blog is quite different to my diary scribblings. It is for a different audience. In every post, I have to make a conscious effort to get free of an academic style of writing. I write about things I know and do in my everyday life. I am not a photographer but the images I use are taken by me. I believe this adds veracity to my voice in each post. Learning to setup and to manage a blog has been a major effort and remains a work in progress. Who knows where this will lead. Himself and I thought we had retired, about to define this older phase of our life together. But family commitments continue. As it happens, I share this place with Himself, son and grandsons and living creatures who live charmed existences. I watch on as they serve as actors weaving their ways across the stage of daily life. Shakespeare wrote in As You Like It: All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances; Always, there's something to write about life lived as I know it.

4 thoughts on “My Garden ~ planning for tree planting

  1. The amazing thing about this tree planting program is where it came from. There is a woman in Africa that got other women in her country to start planting trees and she was eventually named to a senior post in her government as a result overseeing the continuation of the program.

    In my childhood many Jews in the US donated money we raised to plant trees in Israel. They essentially re-forested large areas of Israel as a result. One of the horrifying terrorist acts in recent years was the purposeful burning of one of these forests!

    I also recently read that mangroves are one of the most efficient carbon sinks in nature today. I don’t think you or I could plant a mangrove, but I guess there are relatively qualities of various trees in being a carbon sink so maybe that can play into the tree-planting decision process.

  2. By the way, I looked up the tui bird, quite a beautiful creature, I wish we had them here.

  3. The tuis get quite noisy and provide a lot amusement when they get ‘drunk’ on the nectar of bottlebrush tree or flax bush flowers. What bothers me is the effect coastal building developments, industrial and farming practices can have on the mangrove environment which also acts as a nursery for marine life. It’s scary what is done to forests as you describe. Kauri forests that included trees of up to and 1000 years or so old once covered this region. The forests were felled as the pioneering settlers cleared the land more than a century ago. Tane Mahuta is the Maori name for a majestic survivor which is aged well over 1000 years.

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