Together with Chubb, we planted fruit trees that will provide solid support for birds and wild pollinators, thereby increasing species diversity, making the local ecosystem more stable and resilient to the changes taking place.
On November 3, with a group of 30 volunteers from Chubb, supported by the Radom City Hall, we transformed an urban area overrun by invasive vegetation into a space that we hope will become a green oasis of biodiversity.
Degradation of the natural environment and including a drastic decline in biodiversity is one of the infamous effects of the development of our civilization.
Public awareness of global climate change is growing all the time, but still too little attention is paid to invasive species, which are often the cause of the extinction of native plants and animals. Invasive alien species include plants, animals, as well as pathogens and all sorts of other organisms that are not native to local ecosystems and can cause environmental damage and even negatively impact human health and the economy.
The planting of trees on city land made available to us by the city of Radom was preceded by an action to remove invasive species, as the area was abundantly overgrown with Canadian goldenrod, and gradually invasive ash-leaf maples also took over. With the removal of alien, expansive plants and the planting of native tree species, the area has completely changed its character.
We planted 500 trees on city land made available to us by the city of Radom, these included field pear, wild apple tree, bird cherry, common rowan. We also planted shrubs such as hawthorn.
We know from a study conducted by researchers at Stanford University that planting a single tree in a pasture can increase the number of bird species from almost zero to 80. In the study cited above, after this initial spike, planting more trees continued to correlate with more species, but the number grew more slowly. However, when the stand approached 100% cover, species at risk of extinction began to appear, so we have no doubt that planting trees really can save the planet.
In addition to planting during the meeting as part of a comprehensive program to support birds and insects, we also held educational lectures and socialized by building birdhouses and insect hotels.
We would like to thank Chubb for this tremendous support for local biodiversity and active participation in the Time for Forest program!
Today, i.e. on October 11, as part of the “Clean Action” program, together with volunteers from the Chubb company and the Warsaw Greenery Board, we begin cleaning up the area around the Warsaw Uprising Mound.
The plan for the event is not only to clear the area of waste, but also an educational part, covering the issue of species diversity and the dangers of invasive plants. After a theoretical introduction, we plan to learn about the local flora and search the area for invasive plants.
The “Clean Action” program was founded on the foundations of the global event Clean Up the World Day. The undertaking aims, of course, to clean up the environment from waste, while it does not apply only to activities on land, since in addition to urban areas, forests, mountains or meadows, water and wetlands are also cleaned up.
We sincerely thank Chubb for acting for the environment!