Flowdown

“New forests would slow flooding by trapping water with their roots.” (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-25864631)

These are known as ‘tap roots’.

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Deserted

Although “the thermophilisation [dominance of warm-adapted species] of vegetation was lowest in forests where canopies had become denser,” (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-24761801) increasing their resilience to climate change, the quiet abandonment of government grants points to “England [slipping] into a period of deforestation as trees and woods come under growing threats from disease and development like never before.” (http://www.woodlandtrust.presscentre.com/News-Releases/Government-sleepwalking-into-an-era-where-England-s-woods-may-start-to-shrink-f99.aspx)

Presumably an awareness campaign for ‘dust glue’ will follow.

Basket

“For future healthy forests we need forests to have a wider range of native species growing there, so that all our eggs aren’t in one basket” regarding the threat from pests. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-24239440)

However we must resist any pressure to plant GM species that make basket-weaving easier.

Biodi-verse

“The more forest grew on and near a coffee farm, the more birds the farm had, and the lower its infestation rates [and] damage by a devastating coffee pest, the coffee berry borer beetle.” (http://www.nature.com/news/birds-protect-costa-rica-s-coffee-crop-1.13689)

The more trees grew, tiddly pom,
The more birds flew, tiddly pom,
The pests that chew, tiddly pom,
Got fewer.