Hole in Wood

“On average, each of us [in the UK] consumes just under a tonne of timber a year. Anything from 10 to 20% of that could be illegal depending on where it’s coming from, … due to some nonsense loopholes.” (http://www.wwf.org.uk/how_you_can_help/campaign_with_us/forest_campaign/)

Which wood is full of holes? For some Friday fun, take WWF’s Loopy Loopholes 5-question quiz – then take action.

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Vissolve

“You might not have heard of dissolving pulp, but that doesn’t mean you aren’t connected to it. … 100 million trees are cut down every year to make dissolving pulp that is destined for a second life as a piece of clothing. … Demand for dissolving pulp is driven by demand for viscose fibre … [and] demand for viscous fiber in China is expected to continue growing.” (http://news.mongabay.com/2014/1030-gfrn-gaworecki-dissolving-pulp-threatens-forests.html)

Dual-state cellulose, one minute thick and sticky, the next unravelling on you, is a crime of fashion.

Trash

“Top 10 discarded items [in woods]: Pornography – fitted kitchen – car tyres – sofa – mattress – asbestos – caravan – burnt out car – horse manure – animal carcasses – chemical waste” (http://www.woodlandtrust.presscentre.com/News-Releases/Pornography-dead-animals-burnt-out-cars-fitted-kitchens-Trust-highlights-battle-with-fly-tipper-10b2.aspx)

If you go down to the woods today…

Cutting

“32 hectares (80 acres) of ancient woodland will be lost in the first phase of HS2 [the high-speed rail project], that will be constructed along a 140-mile route between London and Birmingham. … [but] more than 10 hectares (25 acres) could be preserved by increasing the length of the planned Chilterns tunnel. … ‘A full-length tunnel bored under the Chilterns to save these national treasures is both desirable and practical.'” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/feb/27/hs2-tunnel-save-woodland-campaigners)

A spokesperson may have been truncated as saying, “the government considered the proposals for tunnels boring.”

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.

Autumn

“Fool’s autumn colour is … caused by trees still struggling to cope with a dry summer. They wilt and drop their leaves early to save water.” (http://www.woodlandtrust.presscentre.com/News-Releases/Scotland-set-for-two-autumns-f77.aspx)

Please be emotionally sensitive if you encounter a tree suffering from premature autumnulation.