Our aims: To bring rain back to deserts, so the world can grow enough trees and crops to stabilise the climate and provide desperately-needed food, fuel, renewable materials and employment. Achieved by restoring forests on arid coastlines to move the thermal barrier, which currently prevents clouds and fog from moving onto land from the ocean, inland. The return ballast capacity of super tankers will be used to transport billions of tonnes of treated waste water, instead of sea water, for irrigation on return voyages.
Pick up seeds and plant a forest 2 Herts Advertiser, Thursday, December 6, 2012
Pick up seeds and plant a forest
2 Herts Advertiser, Thursday, December 6, 2012
THE Herts Advertiser has teamed up with a new project to stop coastal erosion which readers can
support straight from their own back garden.
St Albans-based business the FREdome Visionary Trust is encouraging people to pick up seeds they find such as acorns, seeds or nuts and nurturing them to saplings in a plastic carrier bag.
After a couple of years the saplings will be ready to be taken to the seaside to create a “bioshield”
to protect the coast. In turn this also helps convert carbon emissions and waste into food and fuel, tackle the drought cycle and protect low-lying agricultural land prone to flooding and salt poisoning.
Greg Peachey, chair of the trust, said: “Self-seeded trees in parks tend to be mowed down, while those in woodland fail to thrive under the shade of the canopy. So the saplings that people nurture and save would not otherwise exist.
“Trees are needed for oxygen, for their produce, as a wildlife habitat, for local environmental beauty, and for a host of other reasons.” In some areas of the UK, such as Happisburgh in East Anglia, the coast is receding by a massive 12 metres a year and many believe we are without a solution. However in New Zealand communities have planted vegetation on all types of coastal terrain similar to those in the UK which resulted in coastline rising and extending out to sea rather than eroding. “Leading from St Albans we
want to spread the optimistic message that the key to both our future economy and environment simply lies in the community helping restore the natural processes that turn out waste products back into the things we are running short of, such as food and fuel.”
The answer to coastal erosion is closer than we think and as Greg explained “it all starts with the little seeds that people will collect.”
Herts Ad editor Matt Adams added: “This is such an easy thing for people to do, but could have huge benefits to our coastline, and I’d urge all our readers to take part.”
How can you help?
1. When out walking pick up acorns, nuts, berries fruits and other tree seeds you find on the ground or ripened on lower branches.
2. Take them home and nurture them in plastic carrier bags of soil in you gardens.
3. A huge virtual forest will be ready to transport to the coastline once the saplings have grown.
Secretary of State for Environment advises FREdome of funding sources for pilot demonstration of natural Bioshield coastal defence scheme
Secretary of State For Environment advises FREdome of funding application source for pilot demonstration of Coastal Erosion Defence Bioshield Proposal
The Secretary of State for Defra has just advised submission of a funding programme for a pilot demonstration of a natural coastal defence scheme.
At a public meeting entitled “Fighting Coastal Erosion and Climate Change” held in Happisburgh Village Hall on 14th June 2012, a pilot demonstration of a natural, economical and sustainable option for coastal defence involving community planting of a bioshield coastal trees, was presented to the local coastal community by registered charity, the FREdome Visionary Trust. They pointed out that in New Zealand community re-vegetation has already been applied successfully and economically to all types of coastal terrain similar to those found in the UK, and in West Java it has been shown that coastal trees can protect homes even from the full force of a tsunami. (See http://www.fao.org/docrep/010/ag127e/AG127E06.htm.)
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Bryony Neirop Reading stares down the cliff from her garden footpath. All this brave lady wants is permission to defend her home against coastal erosion.
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New Zealand coastal erosion case study, August 2006. The Important Role of Trees in Combating Coastal Erosion, Wind and Salt Spray – A New Zealand Case Study Peter Berg, NZ Forestry Limited. www.fao.org/forestry/11283-0f0bb329900ba...d3d31af07f337f85.pdf
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