ACE’s December virtual Green Cafe heard from Friends of the Dales’ Chair, Bruce McCleod, about their plastic tree guard campaign.
Bruce left us in no doubt that we are being spun a tale about the benefits of using plastic in tree guards, including their recyclability. This is after all a fossil fuel product that never goes away.
Applying the principle of the ‘polluter pays’, Bruce suggested, would be one way to bring about a change that would not only improve the life of young trees, the landscape in which they are left discarded but would also ensure that other, sustainable methods, to protect trees are prioritised.
You can watch Bruce’s talk here: https://youtu.be/XjMjDsduKSs
You can find out more about Friends of the Dales here: https://friendsofthedales.org.uk/
Here’s what the Woodland Trust are doing: https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/about-us/what-we-do/research-and-evidence/plastic-tree-guards/