The UK is one of the least wooded countries in Europe with trees and woodland disappearing every day and yet trees offer so many benefits to the environment, resident wildlife and the communities who enjoy them.
This is why TCV’s partnership with OVO Energy is so important. This partnership has seen over 400,000 native trees planted across the UK by thousands of volunteers, community groups and staff. The ‘I Dig Trees’ programme provides free tree packs for community groups to plant in their local green space and also opportunities for people to volunteer at organised tree planting events.
The Conservation Volunteers works in partnership with The Land Trust to manage some of their key sites in England. Together we have created a vibrant array of landscapes and habitats for the local communities to enjoy, including wetlands, woods, heaths, meadows and parkland.
Seven of these important green spaces are in South Yorkshire and have been created over 20 years, through the reclamation and landscaping of former coal mining sites. The sites have been transformed to create a vibrant natural environment which supports a wide range of wildlife.
Together our vision is to make the most of these green spaces and everything they have to offer by engaging individuals and organisations to maximise the environmental and community benefits.
TCV Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage have been working in partnership for over 10 years – improving important habitats and green spaces in line with Scottish Natural Heritage’s ‘Site Condition Monitoring’ programme.
TCV Scotland’s work has concentrated on Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) – removing non-native invasive plants and trees. TCV is proud to have been part of a project that, by March 2016, had returned 80.4% of the area’s natural features to a favourable or recovering condition.
Since 2004 our volunteers have worked on a priority SSSI at Balmaha, close to Loch Lomond, removing non-native invasive plants. Continued monitoring of the site has shown the impact of our work – removing 94% of all Himalayan Balsam – and dramatically improving the biodiversity of this important feeding ground for Ospreys and habitat for rare butterflies.
TCV has also been working on the River Fleet near Golspie for over 3 years. The River Fleet feeds into Loch Fleet a National Nature Reserve and SSSI. Loch Fleet is a tidal basin which supports internationally important numbers of waders and wildfowl and TCV volunteers have been stopping the spread of non-native invasive species from encroaching on this unique habitat.