Forus Tree are a workers Co-operative and a not for profit social enterprise with over 20 years of tree planting experience between our core crew. Our aim is to mitigate the effects of climate change and restore biodiversity in the Calder valley and beyond. We will achieve this through planting, managing and protecting woodland, wildflower and wildlife habitats.
Mission and Aims
All the founding members worked for Treesponsibility; who have been planting trees and doing natural flood management in Calderdale for over 23 years. We also have close working relationships with local ecologists, arboriculturists and local authorities, supporting us with a vast network of knowledge and expertise.
Plant at least 100,000 trees per year with the community and for the community. We aim to do this in coordination with local land owners, the council and other initiatives.
Mitigate Climate Change
Trees absorb co2 and other pollutants through their leaves. Their roots filter and clean water. Making them a perfect way to fight climate change and stop water contamination.
Roots act like a natural sponge absorbing water and strengthening the ground. Planting willows and other trees can slow down water, stop land erosion and function as a natural dam when planted across streams.
By documenting our activities along with sharing skills and knowledge through our weekly volunteer meetings and social media platforms, we hope to engage and empower people to become more proactive in maintaining their environment.
Forus Tree would like to thank the following organisations for their help and support
Community Foundation for Calderdale (CFFC)
In 2021 we were very fortunate to be awarded a grant from CFFC to help with inital setup and operational costs for our community tree nursery.
Calderdale Council & Environment Agency
Big thank you to Calderdale Council and Environment Agency for their Priority Actions Grant funding for our Himalayan Balsam Community Action project hand pulling this invasive non-native species in our mid and upper catchment to stop it spreading. Thanks to this funding, local landowners and the help of our brilliant volunteers, we're clearing over 1,000,000 square metres to improve biodiversity and reduce flooding.
West Yorkshire Prepared
During 2022 we were very fortunate to to secure grant funding from West Yorkshire Prepared to install a new drip irrigation system to reduce our water consumption which comes a natural spring. Thanks to this funding we're increasing our water storage capacity, reducing our water consumption and weeding time by feeding water directly to the trees where it's needed. After many late nights hand watering and worrying about water, this will be a huge improvement!