I guess most of us living in Formby assume we live surrounded by a large number of trees. The recent village tree felling drama shows that the community seems to value trees. I was surprised, therefore when I came across the following.
Long before Homo sapiens first appeared, nature had cloaked the earth in a green mantle that nurtured all existing forms of life as well as those yet to be. The tattered remnants of that verdant covering are our inheritance.
No longer continuous, it now exists only where we humans allow it to remain.
Other pieces are usurped, deemed too valuable to be left "undeveloped," as civilization consumes them to feed its insatiable
(Source: Green Nature Human Nature by Charles A Lewis)
So how much tree cover does Formby have? Could. should we have more?
Despite the pinewoods, it appears that we may be wrong in our assumptions. According to this survey, Formby only has a relatively low 17% tree cover. But we know that trees are a vital component in combatting increasingly powerful climate change effects.
I don't know about you, but so far in the current local elections, all I've heard from candidates is the sharp exchange of insults or contrary standstill proposals. I want to vote for a candidate that has a series of definite ideas to take Formby forward.
I suggest a concerted attempt to increase the tree cover would be one small local step forward in facing the global threat from Climate Change.
Urban Forest Cover or Canopy Cover is the layer of leaves, branches, and stems of trees that cover the ground when viewed from above.
The principal aim of a canopy cover assessment is to help decision makers understand the urban forest resource, particularly the amount of tree canopy that currently exists and the potential amount that could exist.
Measuring canopy cover has helped city planners, urban foresters, mayors, councils, local authorities, and communities see trees and forests in a new way, focusing attention on green infrastructure as a key component of community planning, sustainability and resilience.
When you look at other communities tree cover statistics using the tool it's clear that some towns are taking this issue seriously. Here's an opportunity for us all.
With support and leadership from our local Councillors, every one us living in Formby could be encouraged to 'Plant a Tree' for our town and the future of the earth.
Formby could, with a bit of imagination, inspiration and public involvement become an Arboretum Town. A tree friendly town, a Greener town.
When and if you next see one of the candidates ask them what are they going to do for the future and tell them you want positive, not negative suggestions to take Formby Forward together as a community.
What do you think?