National Trust aims to revive England’s lost temperate rainforests in Devon, planting over 100,000 trees for endangered species.
The National Trust is set to establish large temperate rainforest areas in England's south-west.
In north Devon, over 100,000 trees will be planted. These trees will form humid woodlands, providing a sanctuary for endangered plants.
Experts highlight the region's heavy rainfall and high humidity. This creates a perfect environment for moisture-loving species.
Similar projects are rejuvenating Britain's ancient rainforests elsewhere.
Once, temperate rainforests thrived along Britain's western coast. However, they've been compromised by pollution, invasive species, and diseases. Now, they're among the UK's most threatened habitats.
North Devon's wet climate is ideal for diverse plants and animals. This includes rare ferns and pine martens.
The project will reforest 50 hectares. Trees will be planted at Arlington Court (50,000), on Exmoor (38,000), and between Woolacombe and Hartland (20,000).
In Devon's Dartmoor, rare mosses and lichens have been found. Efforts to preserve these include transplanting lichens and planting new trees.
Threats to these ecosystems include deforestation, climate change, air pollution, and diseases like ash dieback.
The Devon Wildlife Trust aims to expand the rainforest area. It plans to connect isolated forest patches.
Efforts to restore rainforest habitats are also underway on the Isle of Man and in north-west Wales.
The National Trust's initiative is part of the Plant a Tree fund. This fund has planted over a million trees since 2020.
Community groups, including schools, will help plant trees at all project sites.
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