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UK rainforests restored by charities

Words by Abi Scaife

Two of the UK’s own rainforests are set to be restored.

Sorry, the UK has rainforests?

That’s right! Temperate rainforests are sometimes known as Atlantic or Celtic rainforests, and occur in places with high exposure to the sea. They’re pretty rare, which is probably why when you hear the word ‘rainforest’ you think of somewhere like the Amazon.

Rainforests cover about 1% of Britain and have been heavily affected by development and deforestation, despite the fact that they are an incredibly rare and important habitat.

So what’s happening now?

The Wildlife Trusts charities will be developing and expanding rainforests on The Isle of Man and in Wales, thanks to a donation of £38 million from Aviva.

This is a huge win for all the incredible flora and fauna that exist within our rainforests, and will hopefully help them to thrive for years to come.

If you want to support the rainforest protection efforts in Britain, you can do so by getting involved with The Wildlife Trusts or donating on their website.

Charity check-in

At Smiley Movement, we like to elevate the work of charities across the world. Here are three charities whose causes align with the themes in this article.

The Climate Coalition. This is the UK's largest group of people dedicated to action against climate change. Find out more and support them here.

Climate Reframe. Climate Reframe is committed to supporting the climate and environment movement in its transformation towards greater justice, equity, diversity and inclusion (JEDI). Find out more.

The Wildlife Trusts. These are a federation of 46 independent wildlife conservation charities covering the whole of the UK that help to manage nature reserves. Learn how to help them here.

This article aligns with the UN SDG Climate Action.

This article aligns with the following UN SDGs

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