🧵Today is #CleanAirDay.

#AirPollution not only impacts human health but also the health of our woods and trees. Addressing air pollution is vital to protect and restore our ecosystems🌳

#Nitrogen air pollution is a significant issue for UK woods. According to the #StateOfWoodsAndTrees report 100% of woodlands in England exceed the nitrogen critical load – all will have deteriorated as a result.

Bushy grey beard #lichens were once far more abundant, but are sensitive to #AirQuality. They act as miniature forests on trunks and branches, where invertebrates live and birds forage. They’ve also been found to have anti-growth effects on human cancer cells!
Lungwort #lichens were also more widespread on trees across Britain but now only persist in the cleanest air of the north and west – such as the Trust’s Loch Arkaig in Scotland, Bovey Valley in Dartmoor, and Coed Hafod-y-Llyn in Snowdonia.

Many are extinct across central Europe.
On the #woodland floor nitrogen-tolerant plants like stickyweed and nettles increasingly dominate as sensitive species disappear. Many of the life-supporting fungi that live on tree roots also decline with high nitrogen #pollution, leading to greater vulnerability to stressors.
Acting on #AirPollution can offer a ‘win-win-win’ strategy for the climate, people and nature.

Trees can be part of the solution - helping improve air quality in urban and rural settings, whilst also providing food and shelter for local wildlife woodlandtrust.org.uk/trees-woods-an…
Tackling #AirPollution in all its forms will make all our lives better, now and in the future🌍

Learn more about how #trees can tackle air pollution and how you can help keep wildlife - and people - healthy👇


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New #woodland statistics published by the @ForestryComm cast further doubt on the Government’s ability to halt nature’s decline by 2030🌳

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The Government committed to plant 30,000 hectares of #woodland from 2019 to 2024, but it's lagging behind, by a lot. So far it's taken them *three years* to plant 7,150ha, with just 1,980ha planted last year.

And they plan to be planting 30,000ha A YEAR from 2024.

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And that's BEFORE we look at the woeful protection and restoration of #AncientWoodland, decline in woodland wildlife, the steady influx of tree diseases, and the poor state of #SSSI woodland.

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We are deeply shocked and upset to learn that @HS2ltd felled the #CubbingtonPearTree today. There is no replacing the centuries of history and beauty that this tree has given to the Cubbington area. Our sympathies go out to local people and all tree-lovers.

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Voted as our Tree of the Year in 2015, this 200 year old tree is a much loved local landmark. Ourselves and our supporters, as well as many other local campaigners, had lobbied for the tree to be saved.
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