Flooding has proved a serious issue in certain parts of the country in recent years, and whilst governments promise to bolster flood defences with multi-million pound projects, these natural disasters could be curbed simply by planting more trees.
A study conducted by the Environment Agency concludes that trees lining the banks of feeder streams can help stem the flow of rainwater, and in turn save properties from flooding further down river.
Once areas around tributaries are forested, the streams will meander more and dead wood and debris from the trees will help to block the stream, which can reduce the flood maximum by up to 20%.
For the plan to work, farmers and land-owners will need new incentives to replace those that currently subsidise them to keep land as pasture or clear scrub and trees.
Ben Luckey, a flood risk manager at the Environment Agency, said that foresting even 10-15% of the upstream catchment could reduce flooding.
Here at Worktop Express, we are strong supporters of local and international tree planting schemes. In conjunction with the International Tree Foundation, we have now planted more than 86,000 trees and donated thousands of pounds to tree planting projects since 2014.
If effectively managed, the trees used to create our block wood worktop surfaces are one of the most sustainable kitchen surfaces available. We only use responsible suppliers with replanting schemes in place that ensure the tree stocks used to create our worktops are fully replenished. You can find out more about this on our Environmental Policy page.