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Empathy rootgrow: fighting climate change below ground

Empathy Rootgrow. Picture; PlantWorks
Empathy Rootgrow. Picture; PlantWorks

How to make trees capture even more carbon

Another product review from the Garden Press Event – and one that we all should be aware of in our battle to be carbon neutral.

Trees are in the front line of our fight against climate change, for their ability to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere more effectively than anything else.

The Woodland Trust says 1.5 billion trees need to be planted so we can reach zero emissions by 2050.

Many gardeners know the benefits of adding mycorrhizal fungi to the roots of their plants when planting but did you know the role this tiny organism can play in saving the planet?

In 1996, a sticky protein called glomalin was found in soils. It produces organic matter, binding it to silt, sand and clay particles.

Keeps stored carbon from escaping

Glomalin contains 30-40 per cent of soil carbon and forms clumps called aggregates that add structure and keep other stored soil carbon from escaping.

This protein gives soil its tilth and is produced solely by mycorrhizal fungi filaments. Adding it when planting a tree increases its effective root size by up to 700 times!

Glomalin is responsible for holding a third of all soil carbon. By adding mycorrhizal fungi such as Empathy’s rootgrow™ when we plant trees mean the tree’s carbon-capturing ability is significantly increased.

Empathy’s range of eco-friendly, sustainable growing products contains rootgrow™ mycorrhizal fungi, proven to provide long-term benefits to plants, soil and the environment.

The company is future-proofing British gardening with the carbon-capturing abilities of its UK-produced mycorrhizal fungi in its RHS-accredited range, its use of recycled packaging and charitable partnerships.

A 60g pack starts at £2.25, www.rootgrow.co.uk.

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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