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UK first tree delivery Winter 2022


We've just received a delivery of our first batch of trees for Winter 2022.

These 1,500 trees will be on display at the UK Construction Week exhibition as part of their Net Zero area.
We have a stand at the exhibition and are looking forward to some great conversations with construction companies about tree planting and their Net Zero goals.

After the event we'll be planting these trees in Warwickshire, we'll update this page with information & pictures of the planted trees.

These trees were supplied by Cheviot Trees our primary tree supplier for the UK

Kenya September 2022


Our planting partner in Kenya - Mount Kenya Environmental Conservation have been growing 12,000 trees in their nursery for us.

8,000 of the trees will be planted as part of a reforestation effort around Mound Kenya.
4,000 of the trees will be planted around farms to help the local communities.

The trees planted around farms, will provide a natural wind shield, their leaves will provide fodder for their animals, their fruit will provide food for the community. There are plenty more benefits including jobs within the community too.

The pictures below were taken recently of some of the trees growing in their nursery.

UK August 2022


Apologies for being a little slow on updates this summer, we had to prioritise looking after our UK trees, watering them on rotation over and over. We are hopefully through the worst of the dry spell with plenty of rain forecast for next week. Our aim has always been for at least 85% of our trees to survive, we're still in the high 97%+ survival rates which is excellent - our efforts watering trees have paid off. Other UK planters have lost up to 80% of their trees, so we feel very proud to have got through the drought so well. We'll look to replace trees we lost, we retain a small buffer of funds we can use to achieve this.

A big thank you goes out to the land owners and volunteers who helped with watering, you helped take the pressure off, without you we would have lost more.

The pictures below were taken this week whilst watering some of our trees near Napton on the Hill - Warwickshire.

Updates on our international planting will follow soon...

Australia July 2022


Our Australian tree planting partner 15 Trees have planted another 700 trees for us.

Web link: https://15trees.com.au/tree-plantings/oblong_trees-4/
Restor.eco Map Link: https://beta.restor.eco/map/site/oblongtrees-australia-2022

These trees were planted at Brisbane ranges Victoria

Native tree species included River-red gum, Yellow gum, Manna gum, Sweet Bursaria, Wirilda and Lightwood. All trees were sourced from local indigenous nursery at Western Plains Flora and planted by volunteers from the Koala Clancy Foundation at Balliang, VIC. (-37.86, 144.27)

This self-funded foundation is working with landowners and councils to provide connecting habitat corridors for their local wild koala populations. During the course of this planting season (April – September) they hope to plant out 20,000 native trees. With 700 trees coming from Oblong Trees, they have been able to fence off and plant out an entire section of land at Balliang, just to the west of Melbourne.

At the Koala Clancy Foundation, koalas are their top priority and to properly care for one species, they have to care for the entire ecosystem. When they plant trees for koalas, they are also providing habitat for local bird species such as Speckled Warbler, Diamond Firetail, Brown Treecreeper and Jacky Winter.

Tree Videos


We took some video footage of some of our UK sites recently.

Restor.eco Map Link: https://beta.restor.eco/map/site/oblongtrees-warwickshire-4

The video shared below was taken at one of our sites; the site had been left untouched for several years and just contained very tall grass. We spent 20+ hours preparing & strimming the site (we don't have a large mower). Because of the time we put in cutting back the grass wild flowers have had a chance to grow and the place is buzzing with life.

We’ve planted over 800 trees here so far, we’ll be planting around 500 more this winter. Eventually the land owner will have a site with many types of native trees, and a smaller more manageable clear area for grass & wild flowers. As our trees take over the blossom, fruit & nuts from the various types of tree should keep the site buzzing for decades to come.

We’d love to grow wild flowers at all of our sites whilst our trees grow, it makes sense to create meadows like this whilst the trees grow and even leave patches just for wild flowers forever more.

Kenya July 2022


We've currently got 12,000 trees being grown in community nurseries in Kenya.

Restor.eco Map Link: https://restor.eco/map/site/mount-kenya-environmental
Document Link: https://mount-kenya-environmental-conservation.org/about/

8,000 of these trees will be planted as part of a reforestation project around Mount Kenya
4,000 of these trees will be planted on farms as part of an agroforestry project

This project is a really big help to the local community, key factors:
Improved soil, biodiversity, fruit, fodder, shelter and employment.

UK tree update


We've been out and about taking care of our UK trees, we had a reasonable amount of rain during May so we've been watering less. We've already strimmed around one set of trees as the grass was growing at an unbelievable rate, with thick growth of well over 1m in places. We like to leave areas wild where we can but these trees needed some help. We're already planning for next winter, talking to land owners, lining up sites. We'd ideally like to plant over 10,000 trees in the UK this winter, but it all depends on the funding we can gather together. We've still got over 1,000 unallocated UK trees from last winter. These are trees we've planted in advance of anyone paying us, in an effort to get ahead of demand and a difference earlier. When a land owner offers up space for trees we don't like to turn them down. We'd ideally like all of the trees from last winter funded before we start planting again in November.

The picures below are from a site visit on 16th June, the place was buzzing with insects it was amazing to see the area so full of colour & life.

Keeping track of your trees


We feel it's important to give back to our clients, we'd love to take them to visit all of their actual trees, but we can't.
The cost and carbon footprint of doing this would be massive.

We've come up with a partial solution, a small step towards keeping better track of trees. We are giving each of our clients their own page on our website, this page gives a breakdown of their trees by country/type and also gives the age of their trees. We've also added an estimate of carbon sequestered to each page, this is based various sources of information we've used to plot a curve of tree growth over the years. We've tried to be conservative with our estimate, it takes into account that despite our best efforts not all trees will survive to the age of 40 and that surviving trees will sequester 0.7 tonnes of CO2 over 40 years.

TRS Worldwide, one of our clients, has kindly given us permission to use their page as an example:
https://www.oblongtrees.com/clientpage/trs_worldwidelimited_3918.html

Our plan is to build on these pages, eventually adding links and other information - giving our clients a way to quickly check on the progress of their trees and easily access information around the planting of their trees and how they are also helping communities, wildlife, existing rainforests etc.

We're rolling these pages out slowly, we hope to have given all clients the link to their page within weeks.

We've also been very busy watering our UK trees, below are some of the pictures we've taken recently...

Indonesia

Planted: Late 2021 to March 2022
Trees: 4,500
Map: contained within the report
Project Brochure: https://www.oblongtrees.com/docs/IndonesiaAgroforestry.pdf

We're planting in indonesia via OneTreePlanted. We are just about to instruct them to plant another 3,000 trees in the area.

This project will be a long-term solution to achieve a conservation area based on local communities around the forest. Only with this method will the level of conflict between wildlife and the community be reduced because both parties experience positive impact and value from this project. In our reforestation forest, the 12 types of seedlings planted increase biodiversity, restore balance to deforested areas, provide food and habitat for wildlife,
and alternative revenue stream for villagers.

This project is expanding the principles and practices of conservation by developing the villages around the perimeters of the protected areas to offer environmentally friendly economic alternatives to working in palm oil or coal mining. To achieve this, jobs were provided in forest and land restoration to the local community. These alternatives have been successful in turning destroyers of the forest into guardians and stewards instead.

USA

Planted: December 2021 - March 2022
Trees: 2,000
Restor.eco Map Link: https://restor.eco/map/site/oblongtrees-promise-the-pod
Virtual Tour of Site: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2QGc413UiSo
Project Brochure: https://www.oblongtrees.com/docs/steigerwaldbrochure.pdf

This was a pilot planting with Promise the Pod, we'd donated to them via a third party before but this time went direct.

The Steigerwald Reconnection Project is a collaborative project to reconfigure the existing Columbia River levee system to reduce flood risk, reconnect 965 acres of Columbia River floodplain, and increase recreation opportunities at Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge. The Virtual tour gives a lot more information, and also filmed in such a way that you can see 360 degrees around the camera by moving your mouse. Our trees were planted as part of the riparian plantings.

Harbury Village Recreation Ground

Planted: March 2022
Trees: 95 (Silver Birch, Hornbeam, Wild Cherry, Hawthorn, Downy Birch, Dogwood, Grey Willow)
Restor.eco Map Link: https://restor.eco/map/site/oblongtrees-warwickshire-7-harbury-recreation-ground

Our first community planting, working with Harbury Parish Council, Harbury Scout Group & other volunteers. We spent a glorious morning planting around the recreation ground. Our helpers worked very hard and we'd soon planted & watered 95 trees, we also used cane toppers to help protect anyone using the area from harm.

Warwickshire - near M40 phase 2

Planted: March 2022
Trees: 400 (Silver Birch, Oak, Hornbeam, Wild Cherry, Crab Apple, Hawthorn, Downy Birch, Scots Pine, Aspen, Dogwood, Grey Willow, Hazel)
Restor.eco Map Link: https://restor.eco/map/site/oblongtrees-warwickshire-4

We planted 400 more trees (total now 800) on private land near the M40 Gaydon Junction.
We've put a lot of work into this site, not only planting the trees but clearing the scrub ready.
All of these trees were planted for just one client.

Deppers Bridge

Planted: March 2022
Trees: 350 
Restor.eco Map Link: https://restor.eco/map/site/oblongtrees-warwickshire-deppers

Varieties planted:
50 Silver Birch, 50 Hornbeam, 50 Wild Cherry, 50 Aspen, 50 Hazel, 50 Downy Birch, 50 Grey Willow

We had to take special care on this land because of farm animals, we used 1.3m stakes and 1.2m tree guards to help safeguard the trees. With making up the tree guards, hammering in the stakes, carefully putting the tree in the guard and attaching it to the stake it took 3 times as longer to plant a tree than usual (cane & bio-degradable guard). We planted long strips of trees in several areas.

Warwickshire - Near Napton

Planted: March 2022
Trees: 800 
Restor.eco Map Link: https://restor.eco/map/site/oblongtrees-warwickshire-6

Varieties planted:
110 Silver Birch, 110 Hornbeam, 95 English Oak, 95 Wild Cherry, 70 Aspen, 100 Hazel, 50 Crab Apple, 40 Dogwood, 40 Hawthorn, 10 Scots Pine, 45 Downy Birch, 40 Grey Willow

This was a great project, on a fairly exposed plot, we saw plenty of wildlife including a barn owl and a kite - we hope our trees provide homes for many more animals. We hope to be back next year to plant more.

UK - Near Bishops Itchington

Planted: March 2022
Trees: 400 
Restor.eco Map Link: https://restor.eco/map/site/oblongtrees-warwickshire-bishops

Varieties planted:
40 Silver Birch, 40 Hornbeam, 40 English Oak, 40 Wild Cherry, 40 Aspen, 50 Hazel, 20 Crab Apple, 15 Dogwood, 15 Hawthorn, 30 Scots Pine, 50 Downy Birch, 20 Grey Willow

The landowner wanted minimum disturbance to the existing terrain so we didn't clear the scrub and planted carefully in the area.
We planted a really good mix here, the Hazel in particular were much larger than expected and arrived in individual pots.

UK Planting Cost

To aid transparency we thought we'd share a breakdown on our costs for UK planting. The table below shows the direct tree planting costs to plant a Hornbeam.

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The table does not include costs for admin, travel, labour, advertising, payment processing fees, and our re-planting buffer. We charge £4 for UK tree planting.

You can see we barely cover costs. Our plan is to roll out UK wide using teams of volunteers.

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The pie chart above shows the breakdown of a £4 donation when planting a Hornbeam. The remainder segment shows what we have left over to cover all of the other costs, including the travel & labour cost to plant the tree.

Malawi

Planted: January 2022
Trees: 5,000 (4,500 agroforestry & 500 fruit trees)
Restor.eco Map Link: To follow
Document Link: https://OblongTrees.com/Docs/Malawi-Feb22.pdf

5,000 Trees planted by Ripple Africa:

Ripple Africa were one of our first planting partners, they plant trees in Malawi to aid communities, farmers and help protect existing forests.

We support their agroforestry project and also their fruit tree initiative. 

Fruit Trees:
Ripple work with schools and community groups to plant fruit trees. Chiomba Community Group have raised 1,500 fruit trees this year of which we have funded 500. They have grown papaya, lemon, avocado, tangerine, orange and guava.

Agroforestry:
Thandazga Community Group are made up of 28 farmers. As a group they work together to save time and so more people benefit. This is their first year raising seedlings together and they have planted 4,000 trees for us. Our other 500 trees were planted in the Doroba Area, see the report link above for more details.

Kenya

Planted: November 2021 - January 2022
Trees: 6,000 (4,000 reforestation & 2,000 agroforestry)
Restor.eco Map Link: https://restor.eco/map/site/mount-kenya-environmental - Reforesation Link, Agroforestry polygons to follow.
Document Link: https://mount-kenya-environmental-conservation.org/about/

6,000 Trees planted by Mount Kenya Environmental Conservation:

The Mount Kenya Region is one of the most significant reserves of remaining forestland in Kenya. Mount Kenya forest over the past years has experienced massive deforestation starting from early 1970s up to late 1990s leading to loss of 30% of its forest cover. The degradation and loss of this cover is a major problem impacting ecological stability and livelihood and has attributed to loss of major biodiversity species and ecosystem function. MKEC our planting partner are working to reverse this damage, so far they've planted over 500,000 trees restoring deforested areas.

MKEC also work with local farms and communities.This involves application of various agro forestry techniques with local farmers to enable them manage their farms sustainably through planting beneficial Agro forestry trees which fix nitrogen in the soil, creation of woodlots, live fences, terrace and contours windbreaks, fruit and fodder leaves. So far they've been responsible for over 1.2 million trees planted in the local area.

So far in total MKEC have planted ~25,000 trees for OblongTrees.

Peru - Quellccanca

Planted: December 2021
Trees: 2,000 (Trees are varieties of Polylepis)
Restor.eco Map Link: Not available yet
Document Link: GFG_OblongTreesReport.pdf

2,000 Trees planted by Global Forest Gen:

This was our first/pilot planting with Global Forest Gen. We'll be receiving more photos soon, along with coordinates/mapping polygons showing where our trees were planted.

This project aims to protect and restore one million hectares of high Andean, native forest ecosystems in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela over the next 25 years.

High Andean forest restoration helps increase water security, provides new incomes, boosts community health, and counteracts cultural loss.

Australia - Somers Koala Habitat

Planted: December 2021
Trees: 800 (Trees include - Broad-leaf and Narrow-leaf peppermint, messmate, stringy-bark and river-red gum)
Restor.eco Map Link:  https://restor.eco/map/site/oblong-trees-australia-2
Planter Link: https://15trees.com.au/tree-plantings/oblong_trees-4/

800 Trees supporting the local koala population, here’s a few reasons why this project is so important:

Recent research from Deakin University suggests that the koala population has been negatively impacted by the highly fragmented nature of habitat on the Mornington Peninsula.

By providing a wildlife corridor biolink it will allow animals including koalas to move safely, to reach vital food resources and help maintain viable populations.

Without this, koala populations will inevitably continue to decline, become isolated and may face local extinction.

Warwickshire - near Napton

Planted: December 2021
Trees: 245 (Crab Apple, Hawthorn, Silver Birch, Hornbeam)
Restor.eco Map Link: https://restor.eco/map/site/oblongtrees-warwickshire-5

We planted a corridor of 170 trees alongside the road and added 75 trees to the perimeter of the field. We will return to this site to plant more.

Warwickshire - Near M40

Planted: December 2021
Trees: 435 (Silver Birch, Oak, Hornbeam, Wild Cherry, Crab Apple, Hawthorn)
Restor.eco Map Link: https://restor.eco/map/site/oblongtrees-warwickshire-4

We planted 435 trees on private land near the M40 - we'll be planting more here very soon

Warwickshire - Priors Hardwick

Planted: November 2021
Trees: 343 (Common Beech, Silver Birch, Oak, Hornbeam, Wild Cherry)
Restor.eco Map Link: https://restor.eco/map/site/oblongtrees-warwickshire-3

We planted 343 trees on private land in Priors Hardwick.

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