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UK earmarks £44.2 m to plant millions of trees
The UK decided to allocate £44.2 million in funding for Community Forests and woodland creation partners to plant millions of trees.
Collectively around 2,300 hectares of trees – equivalent to around 3,220 football pitches – will be planted as part of this year’s funding allocation, playing an important role in Government ambitions to treble tree planting rates by the end of this Parliament and reach net zero.
It is estimated the planting announced will see 600,000 tons of carbon dioxide absorbed by 2050, valued at nearly £100 million.
The funding will also create more green jobs within the forestry and environmental sectors, helping spread economic growth across the country.
Communities all across England will see millions more trees planted thanks to Government investment to expand woodlands.
The investment will create larger, well-designed and more diverse woodlands which will be more resilient to climate change, as well as natural hazards such as wildfires and storms – playing an important role in helping us adapt to a warmer world. They will help to reduce ﬂood risk in vulnerable areas, provide sustainable UK grown timber and provide more places for nature and biodiversity to thrive.
England’s 13 Community Forests, including the Humber and Mersey Forests as well as partners including the Northern Forest, National Forest and Great Northumberland Forest, are all set to benefit from the funding.
As part of the Government’s £750 million Nature for Climate Fund, these projects will expand woodlands near the UK cities, towns, villages and rivers – giving more people greater access to nature and improving health and wellbeing.
Lord Zac Goldsmith, Forestry Minister, said “Our economies, livelihoods and wellbeing all rely on nature. As well as tackling the impacts of climate change and biodiversity loss, this significant funding will create diverse treescapes across the country and improve the health and wellbeing of local communities by giving them more opportunities to enjoy nature on their doorstep.”
Sir William Worsley, Forestry Commission Chair, said “the social, environmental and economic benefits of being in woodlands are well-documented, helping local communities to be happier, healthier and more pleasant places to live.”
“It is a personal mission of mine to make sure as many people as possible get to experience these benefits. This funding will ensure we plant trees in areas close to where people live, as well as providing job opportunities in new woodland creation through planting, establishing and managing trees.”