Woodlands, trees and hedgerows are an important part of Jersey's environment. They provide a wide range of environmental, economic
and social benefits. These benefits include:
helping to tackle climate change
reducing the risk of flooding
improving local air quality
cooling an area and providing shade
Woodlands, hedgerows and wildlife
Woodland, trees and hedgerows are home to a wealth of wildlife, from
shade-loving plants, mosses and delicate fungi to roosting bats and rare
insects. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) estimate that hedges may support up to 80 per cent of our woodland birds, 50 per cent of our mammals and 30 per cent of our butterflies. Oak trees alone
support 2,300 species of which 326 are entirely dependent on oak for their
Woodlands, hedgerows and climate change
The entire woodland
ecosystem plays a huge role in locking up and storing carbon which is important in combating climate change. This includes:
According to the Campaign to Protect Rural England a kilometre of a new hedgerow may store 600-800 kg of carbon dioxide equivalent per year, for up to 20 years.
The Minister for the Environment is assessing how Jersey might become carbon neutral by 2030. The Carbon Neutral Strategy defines carbon neutrality as the balance between the emissions we produce on island against any activity that captures, absorbs or reduces emissions so that they are equal. More information on how we are preparing for climate change is on this webpage.
As well as capturing carbon, trees also combat some of the effects of a
changing climate. They help to prevent flooding, reduce city temperatures, reduce
pollution and keep soil nutrient-rich.
Getting involved in planting and protecting Jersey's trees and hedgerows
There are lots of things you can do to help us plant and maintain trees and hedgerows in Jersey.
Jersey Trees For Life run a cheap tree scheme supplying at low
prices, bulk quantities of trees and hedging plants for farmers and landowners.
Biodiversity Centre provide an online
recording tool to record where you plant woodland, trees and hedgerow onto a simple online map.
This allows us to collectively report on plantings, so we can record the amounts planted as well as the species and their
location. Recording this information allows us to coordinate planting
projects to create wildlife corridors which connect habitats across the
There are voluntary organisations who are involved in practical conservation work. Find out more by visiting their websites
If you are interested, you can join the Jersey Tree and Hedgerow Forum. This is is a group
of local partners and individuals focussing on the protection, health,
maintenance and strategic planting of woodlands, trees and hedges in Jersey.
The forum has merged with the Jersey Tree Advisory council and now meets
regularly with all groups and parties interested in the protection and
conservation and of trees in Jersey. The forum has created a species reference
list to guide landowners on what is best suited to plant for our local
habitats. A pdf of this list can be found on the Jersey Biodiversity Website.
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