As we all know, a forest is not just a large collection of trees. A forest includes myriad other plants, along with fungi, insects, birds and mammals. Everything in a forest has its role, so planting trees without thinking about the ecosystem as a whole will not be effective. Some tree planting projects are more like plantations – so yes, they provide tree cover, but they are essentially monocultures and will never function as an old-growth forest does.
At BCC, we love the challenging elements of enjoying the outdoors. There’s an undeniable thrill to working out the best route up a new tree or finally arriving at a suitable campsite after hours of slipping and sliding on muddy forest paths. Surely, though, it wouldn’t be the same without the sights, smells and sounds of wildlife on the way? Can we really separate outdoor pursuits from nature?