One bike, One World and One tree

Why are Trees Important to the Environment?

Trees help reduce stress, anxiety and allow us to reconnect with nature. But their benefits go way beyond just us.

Increasing levels of carbon dioxide caused by deforestation and fossil fuel combustion trap heat in the atmosphere. Trees help cool the planet by sucking in and storing these harmful greenhouse gasses in their trunks, branches, and leaves. Trees help clean the air we breath through storing these harmful gasses and as a result reduce the effects of climate change.

A single tree can be home to hundreds of species of insect, fungi, moss, mammals, and plants. Depending on the kind of food and shelter they need. This habitat and the land we live on is then further protected by the trees roots as they capture rainwater and reduce the risk of natural disasters such as floods and landslides.

Forests provide jobs to over 1.6 billion people. Sustainable tree farming provides timber to build and wood to burn for cooking and heating. Food-producing trees provide fruit, nuts, berries, and leaves for consumption. Produce from trees are key ingredients in 25% of all medicines.

Where are the Trees Planted?

Mexico

For every 2020 and 2021 calendar sold 1 tree has been planted with the help of onetreeplanted. Thats 30,000 trees which a partly funded a huge project to reforest the Sierra Gorda de Querétaro, Biosphere Reserve.

The Biosphere is one of the Natural Protected Areas in Mexico with the greatest biological diversity. Deforestation and degradation of eco systems is a growing problem, often due to agriculture and fish farming overtaking forest lands. 35,000 trees were planted within 49 communities 85.7% of which came from 1bike1world donations which is an amazing achievement!

Portugal

From the sale of the 2022 calendars 1 tree is planted for every calendar sold. As a result we have been able to plant 6,000 native species trees in Portugal.

Denmark

From the sale of the 2022 calendars 1 tree is planted for every calendar sold. As a result we have been able to plant 6,000 native species trees in Denmark. The saplings are planted in West Jutland an area characterised by open lands, heaths, plains and peat bogs.

Why Plant Trees in these locations?

This project focuses on both farmland conversion and forest restoration to improve biodiversity habitats in an essential migration corridor for numerous species. Mexico serves as resting place for the migration of Monarch butterflies, one of nature’s most important pollinators by planting trees we will

This project focuses on both farmland conversion and forest restoration to improve biodiversity habitats in an essential migration corridor for numerous species. Mexico serves as resting place for the migration of Monarch butterflies, one of nature’s most important pollinators by planting trees we will protect these critical biodiversity habitats.

Through the planting of native species with the cooperation of local landowners and indigenous communities we can reduce soil erosion and prevents landslides to make sure that Senguio and Ocampo’s natural beauty is maintained and restored for future generations of people and wildlife.

Through the planting of native species with the cooperation of local landowners and indigenous communities we can reduce soil erosion and prevents landslides to make sure that Senguio and Ocampo’s natural beauty is maintained and restored for future generations of people and wildlife.

The deforestation of Portugal began hundreds of years ago, with the age of discovery and trees being felled to create ships. However more recently from 2001 to 2020 Portugal lost 1.09Mha of tree cover, which is equivalent to a 47% decrease from the tree cover recorded in the year 2000.  Through reforestation, fragmented ecosystems and remaining old growth areas can be connected, creating a healthier ecosystem and protecting the remaining green space.

The project organised by One Tree Planted aims to restore previously degraded land from forest fires and desertification by reintroducing the native flora back to the land. As a result the natural ecosystem will become revitalized, restoring water tables, preventing further soil erosion and degradation. This work is part of the wider aim to tackle the climate crisis and does so by reintroducing plants into this land to create carbon sinks in the soil and continued access to fresh water for locals.

Nala and I visited Denmark in August 2022 and fell in love with the area of West Jutland. We initially headed to the area as it is directly across the North Sea from our home in Dunbar, Scotland. Growing up with the sea view from my window I’d always wondered what was over the horizon, the natural landscape of Denmark reminded me so much of home.

While in West Jutland we camped up for the night in an area of national park and watched the sunset over a lake which where horses were drinking. After hearing of the project in Denmark I new I wanted to get involved. Due to historic deforestation, only 14.5% of the land area in Denmark is forested which is why One Tree Planted selected Denmark for its projects.

One Tree Planted and its partners in Denmark work with 550 landowners to plant 1 million trees across 350 hectares of land. This project is part of a nationwide effort to increase Denmark’s forest cover by 25% in 2100. This comes with huge benefits to the climate, biodiversity and the local communities in Western Jutland.

Since 1805 forest clearance has been banned in Denmark and the level of reforestation is significantly increased. Our donation of six thousand trees in West Jutland supports Denmark’s efforts to plant more forest trees as in areas of moor-land and sand dunes.

Planting the Saplings

The saplings came from local nurseries and are species selected for the appropriate temperate zones of the biosphere, including Pine (Pinus spp.), oak (Quercus spp.) and cypress (Cupressus spp.)

The planting of the saplings was carried out by residents and local authorities of the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve with the aid of One Tree Planted. To measure and ensure optimal survival rates of trees, in the two final months of reforestation one tree planted double checked previous plantings to see if any trees needed to be replaced. Each member and organisation involved in the reforestation efforts is advised on how to care for the seedlings. Follow up visits serve to review the necessary care of each reforestation, depending on exact local conditions and needs, including removal of invading grasses and weeds at the foot of trees, and providing water to the trees where necessary.

One Tree Planted have selected a variety of native/endemic species that are suited for Portugal’s particular biosphere. Some common species include but are not limited to: Arbutus Unedo, Quercus Suber, Quercus Robur, Quercus Faginea, Quercus Ilex / rotundifolia, Castanea sativa, Oliveira-brava, Fraxinus angustifolia, Populus, Pinus pinea, Laurus Nobilis, Prunus Spinosa, Salix, Myrtus (tarentina), Sambucus nigra, and Alfarroba.

A skilled team of local foresters in Denmark has selected a mix of over 25 native species, including varieties of alder, oak, ash, fir, pine, spruce, and larch.

The new forests will absorb carbon, protect biodiversity, preserve groundwater, and fix nitrogen to reduce wetland eutrophication (when a body of water becomes overly enriched with minerals and nutrients, causing an algae bloom + suffocating aquatic life). A conservation area will be established for the threatened hazel dormouse and will provide rich habitat for native birds and insects.

What does this mean for the communities?

In Mexico, communities and landowners will be taught sustainable forestry practices such as proper planting techniques, sustainable harvesting, the importance of recycling and waste management, and land and plant protection. This will create jobs and opportunities for those most impacted by the project and One Tree Planted’s work.

In Portugal, outreach programs aim to engage local communities in the planting process, empowering them to restore the environment and create new green spaces to be enjoyed. Volunteering opportunities increases community engagement spreading knowledge and positively impacting mental health.

In Denmark, the local community will benefit from the many recreational opportunities afforded by the woodland, as well as an exciting “school in the forest” initiative that will provide educational opportunities for generations to come.

Our information and pictures have been provided by One Tree Planted, Country File, and Eco Matcher