THE MODERN MINT BLOG
Modern Mint has planted a grove of trees at Trees For Life!
Trees for Life are a charity in Scotland, planting trees in order to rewild the Highlands.
What Trees Are They Planting In The Grove?
- Scots Pine
What Wildlife Will Tree Planting Encourage In the Grove?
Just a few of the wonderful and most resonant of the animals tree planting will encourage include:
- Red squirrel
- Scottish wildcat
- Pine Martens
- Golden Eagle
Does Tree Planting Have Other Benefits?
What the trees do best of all is create a habitat, an ecology, for all of these animals to exist and thrive.
But it is not just these large apex predators like the Golden Eagle in the picture above that will enjoy the tree-filled home, there is a whole cascade of wildlife and plants that will benefit.
This means fungus, slow worms, spiders, mosses, ferns, ticks, butterflies and fritillary amongst others.
I’m suggesting ‘ticks’ are to be thankful for?
Yes I am….)
But it is not just the animals that benefit from trees. Trees also capture carbon, helping to keep our planet cool, so good for the planet. And for us, being amongst trees and outside in nature reduces stress levels.
Plus what else will you spend your money on that is as interesting and important as this? Once you have a decent, long-lasting pair of secateurs to use in the garden then not much else is going to make such a difference to the world you live in.
Many benefits are to be had just by planting a grove of trees.
How Many Trees Have We Planted?
So far? 135 trees in the Modern Mint Grove.
Plus we have been given £100 in donations from clients who want to support what we are doing.
I add one tree to the grove for every garden talk or workshop I give, and have been doing this since last year when we started working with Trees For Life. Alongside this, I encourage gardener’s and people who come to the talks I give to donate £6 to the cause in order to plant a tree too.
Together, we have quickly managed to go from ZERO trees planted to 135.
I find this one of the most exciting parts of running Modern Mint, that we can change a landscape and capture carbon so easily, whilst establishing a home for some of the most brilliant of wildlife.
Long live the Modern Minters!
Can I Plant Trees In The Modern Mint Grove?
I would love you to plant trees in the Modern Mint Grove.
Help our planet, our soils and you wildlife in the simplest way possible. Support Trees For Life!
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