Trees should be planted without plastic guards, says UK study

Trees should be planted without plastic guards, says UK study

Woodland Trust and National Trust trial sustainable alternatives to plastic protection for millions of saplings

Planting trees without plastic tree guards should be standard practice, a UK study has found, as leading conservation charities and landowners seek sustainable alternatives to reduce plastic waste.

The Woodland Trust has announced it is aiming to stop using plastic tree guards by the end of the year. It is trialling plastic-free options at its Avoncliff site in Wiltshire, including cardboard and British wool. The charity plans to plant 10 million trees each year until 2025.

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