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Carbon capture in the woods
I recently published an article on the OneOak exhibition and I mentioned that one of the facts and figures about the oak tree was that it held 3.93 tonnes of carbon dioxide. That sounds like an incredible amount, and I was interested to find out more.
If you're interested too, then the Royal Botanic Garden of Edinburgh will be hosting an event further exploring the partnership between wood and CO2. I think most people know that the more forests we plant, the more CO2 we absorb, but what I'd never thought of was that if the wood is then used in construction, then the CO2 is still captured within the wood for as long as it is being used.
The John Hope Gateway, West entrance to the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh. Source: Wikimedia Commons
The event is in partnership with Forest Research and Moray House School of Education and is suitable for all ages from age 5 upwards. It's being held in the Real Life Science Studio, which is part of the sustainably-designed John Hope Gateway.
Wood is used as a construction material throughout the Gateway. My favourite use is the huge wooden spiral staircase, but I also love the tables in the Gateway Restaurant and the writing on them proclaiming what kind of wood they are.
There's plenty to see in the Gateway and the Garden, so once you have been to the event you can have a look at the principles of CO2 capture in action. A point to note it that this event also takes place on the final weekend of the OneOak exhibition, so take a last chance to look at lots of beautiful and functional items made of the wood of an ancient English oak tree.