“Currently there are around 3 Trillion trees on the planet, playing vital roles in producing the oxygen we breathe, the food we consume and harbouring wildlife that we not only enjoy but depend upon. Twice as many trees existed before the start of human civilisation and today 10 Billion more trees are cut down than are planted each year  . Not only does this deficit of destruction eat away at one of the most valuable carbon stores on the planet but it actively releases the carbon dioxide stored within a tree into the atmosphere.
The GAND scheme is a great example of a business making a concerted effort to operate sustainably and target the impacts of one of its primary commodities. GAND will contribute to the ecological health of native woodlands and also provide social benefits for the health and mental well-being of the wider public. The legacy for such programmes can aide against what is coined as ‘nature-deficit disorder’, linked to various conditions such as depression and anxiety, and even behavioural problems in children such as ADHD .
Restoration of natural woodlands is proven to bolster the health of our wildlife by restoring biodiversity for various niches in the food chain which benefits all subsequent species further up the chain , . With particular reference to action in the UK, GAND is a step for private business to aid the British Government to meet their promise of planting 5,000 hectares a year in England. However, planting rates have been found to be much lower, only 1,420 hectares of new woodland last year (2018); 71% short of targets .