All Bar One and premium mixer brand Fever-Tree are partnering with the Earthwatch Europe charity to boost biodiversity in the UK’s urban areas through a large-scale tree planting initiative.
The Tiny Forest movement includes over 3,000 Tiny Forests planted in urban areas around the world to help enrich biodiversity and reconnect people with nature. Following London’s first Tiny Forest in Hammersmith Park, the drinks supplier and hospitality firm are uniting to help roll out the campaign across the UK.
More than 150 Tiny Forests are now set to be established across the country as part of the one-year partnership.
“One of the most powerful elements of Tiny Forest is in the ongoing engagement of the local community with the trees and the ecosystem around them,” said Maria Pontes, director of programs and partnerships at Earthwatch Europe.
Volunteers from All Bar One and Fever-Tree will be engaging in monitoring activities at the Perry Common Tiny Forest in Birmingham, close to All Bar One’s parent company Mitchell & Butler’s headquarters, as well as maintaining other Tiny Forests up and down the country throughout the year.
“Maintaining biodiversity has never been more important in the climate change conversation,” said James Archer, head of sustainability at Fever-Tree. “Fever-Tree is proud to partner with All Bar One to further the Tiny Forest movement in the UK to create urban green spaces that support wildlife and connect communities closer with nature.”
Urban tree-planting is shown to deliver multiple benefits, helping to tackle flooding, heat stress, and loss of biodiversity, while also providing spaces that improve quality of life for residents.
In the run up to COP26 last year, Earthwatch Europe and NatureScot planted eight new ‘Wee Forests’ across Glasgow.
The compact forests of 600 trees were planted at eight locations donated by Glasgow City Council with a view to creating a cluster of nature-rich green spaces across the city.
Glasgow City Council, Earthwatch Europe, and NatureScot worked with partners at the Glasgow Science Centre, Green Action Trust and The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) Scotland to plant the trees, with the project backed by a host of companies and organizations including BlackRock, Bloomberg LP , and the Scottish Government. The hope is that the model can now be replicated right across the UK.