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As part of the UN’s International Day of Forests come along and assist the Clyde Muirshiel Rangers planting trees at Muirshiel Country Park.
If you can’t attend but want to contribute please consider dontating on our donation page and we will purchase more trees to plant across the Park.
All tools and equipment are provided. Please take a packed lunch if you are coming for the whole day, take waterproofs and wear sturdy boots and shoes. Tea/coffee biscuits provided.
Background on the International Day of Forests
On the 21 December 2012 the The United Nations General Assembly, adopted a resolution that declared 21 March of each year is to be observed as the International Day of Forests.
The resolution encourages member states to undertake activities relating to all types of forests.
Forests cover one third of the Earth’s land mass, performing vital functions around the world. Around 1.6 billion people – including more than 2,000 indigenous cultures – depend on forests for their livelihoods, medicines, fuel, food and shelter.
In Scotland over the last 100 years, forest and woodland cover in Scotland has increased from around 5% to 18.5%; this percentage is higher than the rest of the UK but is still well below the European Union (EU) average of 38%.
Forests are the most biologically-diverse ecosystems on land, home to more than 80% of the terrestrial species of animals, plants and insects.
Yet despite all of these priceless ecological, economic, social and health benefits, global deforestation continues at an alarming rate – 13 million hectares of forest are destroyed annually. Deforestation accounts for 12 to 20 percent of the global greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.
The International Day of Forests is held annually on 21 March to raise awareness of the importance of forests to people and their vital role in poverty eradication, environmental sustainability and food security. Sustainable management of all types of forests are at the heart of unlocking challenges of conflict-affected, developing and developed countries, for the benefit of current and future generations.