1000 Acres - Sheffield Project

By David McGowan

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The Great Problem

Climate Change is the single greatest threat facing the world and, while they are noble ventures, simply cutting down on waste, reducing energy consumption, and moving to renewable energy, will not on their own reverse this man-made disaster.

If we reduce our production of all things that cause climate change, then we are still left with the pollutants that have led to huge climate disturbances worldwide. We need to start working to reverse this problem as well as preventing it to get worse.

Sheffield – Home of the Industrial Revolution

Sheffield is, without a doubt, one of the most important places in the history of the modern world.

For our first project, we are looking to undertake a project in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, the site of awful street tree culling projects and the site of multiple abandoned commercial and industrial sites.

Sheffield has been victim of a horrid and widespread scandal involving the felling of hundreds of healthy street trees – vital in reducing pollution, providing a habitat for many birds and other animals, and acting as a natural preventative against localised flooding. While we cannot replace trees in the urban environment, we are aiming to mitigate the impact of this through planting significantly more trees than were destroyed.

Here is What We are Going To Do About It - Our First Project

This project aims to purchase an area of approximately 16 acres in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, and will involve the purchase of land, clearance of the entire area, and replanting of many trees, wild flowers and plants, as well as provide open areas to enable wildlife to return to this scarred land.

Our work will be done in conjunction with experts in natural environments, as well as in partnership with local environmental associations to enable the areas to act as havens for wildlife, especially bees, to help reverse the woeful decline in the natural bee population.

We hope that this combination of rejuvenation of a previous scar upon the Sheffield landscape, as well as introducing native plant species and bees will have a wide-reaching impact on the local environment, as well as contribute, even if only a small amount, to the reversal or reduction of climate change.

You can join us

We understand that this is a grand undertaking, and so we will be doing this in 'phases'. Phase one aims to get the first project funded to enable land purchase and clearance (including legal/planning fees), tree/plant purchase and planting, and upkeep of any species introduced to the area. This will also enable us to provide a 'proof of concept', enabling us to achieve sponsorship of future projects.

1000 Acres is a not-for-profit social project run by Intuitive Change Consultancy Limited – A private company limited by guarantee, legally unable to make a profit, focussed on social, environmental and sustainability projects – further information is available at www.intuitivechange.org

We are not offering 'rewards' for this project, as this will not be something that either produces income or products. however, all projects, once complete, will be run by local people, for the benefit of both local and national people with. the ultimate aim of providing areas that anyone can enjoy.

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Team Members

David McGowan

Ben Corbey

Emily Rummings