Time to celebrate an unsung hero next in our "Trees we love," series: the Mangrove, a unique and extremely useful tree.
Mangroves are the only species of trees in the world that live in saltwater. They grow together in dense forests along tropical and subtropical coastlines, with the roots tangled tightly together. This wonderful web creates a protective environment for fish and other creatures seeking safety from predators, but just as importantly, protects coastlines from erosion.
There are about 80 different species of mangrove trees which range in height from 2 to 10m, and the largest mangrove forest in the world is Bangladesh’s Sundarbans, which covers an area of about 10,000 km2. At Treedom, we plant Black, Red and White Mangroves in countries across Central America and East Africa, where they play an invaluable role in protecting the environment on many different levels. Their root systems not only stabilise soil that would otherwise be washed away by tides, currents and storms, but they trap and filter pollution and sediment which helps maintain water quality. As if that wasn’t enough, Mangrove forests are thought to be able to store as much as four times more carbon than forests found on land. So while mangrove forests may not be the loveliest of places to roam – muddy, swampy and often smelly – we love them all the same. For us, the Mangrove’s shelter and protection means ‘Embrace.’
Mangrove trees from Treedom
Sustainable social and environmental impact is Treedom's core belief. But not only that: each tree is photographed and geolocated, receives a digital profile and regular updates from the project in which it grows. Treedom trees can not only be cared for themselves, but also given as gifts to friends and relatives. A gift that makes the planet greener and helps people worldwide. Do you also want to plant a Mangrove tree and help the planet?