The Government has confirmed that funding will be given to a new Northern Forest as part of a 25-year environmental plan. The aim will be to plant over fifty million trees in a forest which will span around 120 miles, with project funding confirmed by Theresa May, the Prime Minister.
The entire project will cost around £500 million with £10 million having been raised by the Woodland Trust and a further £6 million being announced by the Government.
Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for Environment, said in a statement:
“Trees are some of our most cherished natural assets and living evidence of our investment for future generations. Not only are they a source of beauty and wonder, but a way to manage flood risk, protect precious species, and create healthier places for us to work and live.
This new Northern Forest is an ambitious and exciting project that will create a vast ribbon of woodland cover in northern England stretching from coast to coast, providing a rich habitat for wildlife to thrive, and a natural environment for millions of people to enjoy. This new forest will help us deliver a Green Brexit and help to deliver on our pledge to leave the environment in a better state than we found it”.