Monthly Archives: February 2018

Leaf pollution

Here’s a story from the Environmental News network of falling leaves polluting the soil with hydrocarbons.  It begins:

“In the Autumn leaves fall and apparently contaminate soil.  It happens in the Italian woods where remediation is required by law for heavy hydrocarbon concentration greater than 50 milligrams per kilo.  It was revealed by a study conducted by scientists at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice and The Institute for the Dynamics of Environmental Processes (CNR) in collaboration with the Società estense servizi ambientali, a specialized company based in Padua.  The researchers have identified natural hydrocarbons in woods and farmlands that had been fertilized with artificial fertilizer, compost or digestate in the past ten years. Soil samples showed high levels of hydrocarbons, especially for samples taken in the woods with concentrations that reached up to four times the legal limit.”

There’s more here.

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Foraging in February

The Woodland Trust website has an article on Foraging in February now that winter’s on the way out and the warmer weather is emerging.  The Trust says:

“It may feel like we’re still in the grips of winter, but shoots are starting to appear.  And they’re growing quickly.  Here are some early spring plants and winter fungi to look out for.  Always take a good field guide with you – and please follow our sustainable foraging guidelines.”


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News from the Mersey

Working with the Woodland Trust, who are leading on delivery targeted at some of the most deprived areas of the country, England’s Community Forests are helping to engage schools in their areas.  
Over the next four years, The Mersey Forest and other organisations are planting 164,000 trees in a programme to deliver its long term plans.  It is working with primary schools and communities throughout The Mersey Forest, promoting the opportunity to plant a woodland, orchard or individual trees and hedges. The children involved will learn about trees through engaging outdoor learning linked to the national curriculum.  The Mersey Forest team says
“By working with primary schools we’re able to encourage more outdoor learning in schools, nurture children’s connection with nature and increase knowledge and understanding of our trees and woodlands. These planting days provide a connection to nature experience to children, whilst providing real-life context to teach about the health benefits of being in a natural setting and environmental matters such as climate change. We use this experience, with support from the teachers involved, to ensure that the tree planting project is part of a wider, enjoyable, learning experience that supports the new national curriculum and encourages outdoor learning.”


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