NE to get a newly made forest to support a greener outlook: A new ‘Community Forest’ is being developed in the North East to promote a ‘greener future’.
The Department for Environment, Food & Affairs (Defra), England Community Forests & 6 local authorities have teamed up for the plan, they will witness 500 hectares of trees planted by 2025, however, the long-term goal, by 2050, is to expand canopy cover throughout the region to 30%.
Within the first year by itself, an adquate amount of trees are scheduled to be planted to cover 35 football pitches after acquiring £480,000 in funds from Defra’s Nature for Climate Fund.
Lord Goldsmith, Forestry Minister, stated: “I am delighted to welcome the North East ‘Community Forest’ to the expanding network of Community Forests all over England.
“Supported by our £640 million Nature for Climate Fund, we will plant many thousands of trees & help rewild areas that are most in need.
“Our economies, livelihoods and wellbeing all rely on nature & tackling the impacts of climate change & biodiversity loss are at the heart of this project.
“Spending time in nature, particularly around trees, is proven to boost our physical & mental health and wellbeing, so I am pleased this project will be accessible to communities in Newcastle, Gateshead, North and South Tyneside, Sunderland & Durham.”
NE to get a newly made forest to support a greener outlook