An interesting study published this week in the journal Science has provided more evidence that natural regrowth of forests is faster and more efficient than tree planting for restoring habitats. Here’s the Guardian‘s take on it:
Here’s a link to the original study in the journal:
And here’s a link to something that I wrote on this topic last year, arguing that pollinators and seed dispersers play a vital role in this process:
Tree planting has its place, of course, especially as a way to get local communities engaged in positive action for the environment. But it’s not the solution for large-scale habitat restoration: in order to do that we need to harness nature’s own regenerative abilities.