Trust to clean up area the size of Birmingham

Deputy PM John Prescott has launched a trust to turn 10,000 hectares of derelict and brownfield land into green spaces with good long-term management.

The Land Restoration Trust forms a key part of Prescott’s Sustainable Communities plan and aims to overhaul a total land area the size of Birmingham. “The trust will improve the environment and quality of life for communities by providing long-term sustainable management of public spaces across England,” said Prescott. “Within 10 years it will acquire, own and manage 10,000 hectares of previously derelict and under-used land to deliver environmentally informed community-led regeneration.” He told Groundwork’s London conference Sustainable Developments - a just cause four agencies would run the trust, English Partnerships, Forestry Commission, the Environment Agency and Groundwork. However the trust would be an independent group funded by endowments, he said. A three-year pilot phase would see it restore and manage 1,500 hectares

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