To know why plants are vital for the environment.
To know that plants provide habitats for other living things.
To investigate some unusual plants in the green kingdom
Plants and trees are vital for life and our long-term survival. Plants are an essential resource - we rely on them for food, water, medicine, the air we breathe, habitat and our climate.
Plants are incredibly important for providing habitats for a huge number of different species.
The oak tree supports more life than any other native tree. It provides habitat for hundreds of insects and food for birds and mammals such as deer and badger. It supports fungi, lichens and even bats. Bat species will roost under loose bark and then feed on the insects in the tree canopy.
Native wildlife depends on native plant and tree species like the oak - without them they wouldn't be able to sustain themselves.
A range of chemical pollutants can cause problems to health in industrial and urban environments. It has been increasingly shown that the presence of green spaces in these areas can be vital in acting as a sink for these pollutants, therefore improving air quality.
Any green space has the capability of reducing air pollution. Woodland planted near urban and industrial environments would be able to absorb the pollutants.
Plants and trees are incredibly important for maintaining good soil condition. Their roots and the microorganisms that live around their roots hold the soil together, reducing the likelihood of soil erosion. When leaves fall from the trees and when plants die, they decompose, fertilising the soil and enabling other plants to grow and thrive.
Without plants there would be no food. All carbon in proteins, fats and carbohydrates is derived from photosynthesis in plants. Everything we eat, including meat from animals (which feed on plants) is a result of plants using the energy in sunlight.