It is a plan to create Forests by dropping a million trees out of the aircraft. The huge C-130 transport aircraft is installed and put to use by the military to lay carpets of landmines all across the combat zones to spread the growth of trees in many remote areas including some parts of Scotland.
The idea, originally proposed by a former RAF pilot, Jack Walters, of Bridgnorth, Shropshire, is developed over time by the US manufacturer Lockheed Martin Aerospace to plant 900,000 young trees in a day.
The company, Aerial Forestation Inc, of Newton, Massachusetts believes that companies with polluting power plants should be forced by the governments to plant trees to balance their carbon emission. Planting trees with the help of C-130s will cut the cost of manual methods by half.
Peter Simmons, Lockheed, said: “Equipment developed here for precision planting of fields of landmines can be adapted easily for planting trees.
“There are 2,500 C-130 transport aircraft in 70 countries, so the delivery system for planting forests is widely available – mostly mothballed in military hangers waiting for someone to hire them.
“The possibilities are amazing. We can fly at 1,000ft at 130 knots planting more than 3,000 cones a minute in a pattern across the landscape – just as we did with landmines, but in this case each cone contains a sapling. That’s 125,000 trees for each sortie and 900,000 trees in a day.”
The tree cones are designed in a way that they will bury themselves down the ground at the same level of depth as if they were planted manually. They are pointed and contain fertilizers and material that will soak up the surrounding moisture and water the roots of the tree.
The containers are made of metal but are composed in such a way that they will rot immediately so that the tree can be exposed to the soil.
Moshe Alamaro was in Bridgnorth last week for Aerial Forestation visiting Dr Walters who published his idea 25 years ago while at the university of British Columbia in Canada.