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How Epping Forest can play its part in tackling climate change


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More trees... more carbon capture

We live in a time of extraordinary change and the climate crisis is rightly high on our agenda… you can make that the world agenda!
With this in mind, the City of London Corporation is delivering a Climate Action Strategy (CAS), which includes the goal of reducing the corporation’s direct carbon emissions to net-zero by 2027.
Unsurprisingly, the corporation’s open spaces will play an important part in this as they are estimated to offset existing emissions by some 44 per cent.
Of course, one of its most celebrated open spaces is our very own Epping Forest and this site features strongly in a report introducing the Open Spaces Department’s contribution to the delivery of the CAS.
As just part of the strategy, the department will carry out work under the Carbon Removals project to increase carbon sequestration (carbon capture) to offset emissions.
The report says: “Carbon Removals works will include reversion of arable land to areas of trees and grassland, tree establishment on some grasslands, management of woodland and trees and grazing of grassland.
“This project will not only contribute to addressing the Global Climate Emergency, but also the global biodiversity crisis.”
And who could argue with that?!

  • You can read the Open Spaces Department report here