Conker trees fight for survival

Autumn is here: You can play a game of conkers by tying them to lengths of string. © Alamy

Can we save our conkers? Trees and forests all over the world are under threat — including the much-loved horse chestnut tree. We must find a way to help save them now.

What’s happening

Scientists are worried that hundreds of species of trees in Europe could go extinct. Leaf-miner moths are eating their way through the trees.

One of the trees at risk is the horse chestnut, from which conkers fall down.

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It is not just Europe where trees are in danger. This year, there were lots more fires in the Amazon rainforest.

When a forest is endangered, the animals that live there could lose their homes.

Scientists say we must do more to conserve the forest.

Trees are very important for all life on Earth. They breathe in carbon dioxide, which a greenhouse gas. They also give out oxygen, which we breathe in.

Can we save the forests?

Some say…

No. There are too many different problems, like fires, moths and people who chop down trees. We cannot stop them all.

Others think…

Yes! Humans can do amazing things when we put our minds to it. We can plant many trees of different types. We must fight for nature.

You Decide

  1. What is your favourite kind of tree?

Activities

  1. Draw a forest with lots of different types of trees. You can draw the animals that live there too.

Some People Say...

“The good man is the friend of all living things.”

Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948), Indian lawyer and campaigner

What do you think?

Word Watch

Species
Different types of a living thing.
Extinct
Die out.
Conkers
Seeds from the horse chestnut tree. For a game of conkers, the seeds are best prepared using vinegar and then baking them.
Endangered
At risk of dying out.
Conserve
Protect and look after.
Greenhouse gas
A gas that heats up the planet when it goes into the air.
Nature
The outdoors and the animals that live there.

Subjects

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