“PLASTIC tree guards are a plague on new woodland” screamed a headline in The Times last month – well Sirane has developed a sustainable alternative…
Around 200 million plastic sapling protectors have been deployed by the Woodland Trust, Forestry England, the National Trust and private landowners in the past four decades – and the article claims many are just left to rot in the wild.
Sirane has developed a solution – a water-resistant sapling protector/tree guard which will eventually compost, removing the need for anyone to go and retrieve it – something which in many instances, they are legally bound to at least try to do.
However, The Times quotes a spokesperson from the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust, who claims recovering them is beyond the capabilities of most landowners.
Karl Heggarty, sales manager for Sirane Horticultural, said: “This was raised with Sirane as an issue a while ago, and we’ve been developing an alternative for a while. As it happens, we were just about to release the product to the market.
“Our Earthboard sapling protectors are made from a unique water-resistant card. They have the necessary shelf-life to protect the saplings but will eventually break down – so there’s no time needed to spend retrieving them.
“They have anti-fungal coating and are additionally treated with ‘spices’ which deter rodents and deer etc. All in all, they are a great eco-friendly alternative.”