At Fosse Healthcare, we are committed to supporting the fight against climate change and global warming.
In 2021, we have teamed up with Bagold ltd and Tilhill Forestry to fund an ‘Underplanting’ project to support the plantation of 2,100 trees. Spread across 2 acres of land in North Wales, these newly planted trees will be grow to be of vital benefit for our environment, storing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen for centuries to come.
The term ‘underplanting’ is a general term that describes the establishment of a young stand (understorey) under the canopy of an old one (overstorey). The aim of which can vary. Underplanting can provide increased ecological function through changing the species composition, changing forest structure and providing increase environmental resilience. This is especially prevalent in the UK context with increasing weather extremes and forest-based pest and diseases.
A huge study from ETZ Zurich University, published in 2019, concluded that by restoring a very large area of forest globally, equivalent to the size of the US, it would store 205 billion tons of carbon. That’s about two thirds of the 300 billion tons that has been released into the atmosphere as a result of human activity since the industrial revolution.
Professor Thomas Crowther, who led the study, said that the results were “mind-blowing.”
He said: “We all knew that restoring forests could play a part in tackling climate change, but we didn’t really know how big the impact would be…But we must act quickly, as new forests will take decades to mature and achieve their full potential as a source of natural carbon storage.”
This £5,000 investment is just the start of our new efforts to support the fight against climate change. We have introduced our very own ‘Sustainability Board’. An internal team within our organisation who will meet regularly to discuss ways the business can better reduce its environmental impact.