British forestry gives Ghana ideas

Ghanian delegation visits British forestry initiative

An eight-strong delegation from the Ghana Ministry of Lands & Forests visited Britain this week. The visit was hosted by the National Urban Forestry Unit, and the delegation was due to visit woodland and urban planting sites in the Midlands and north England. NUFU development manager Judy Walker said: “The value of trees and woods in towns as a key to sustainable urban living is increasingly being recognised. “There are already over 40 urban and community forestry initiatives in the UK and the National Urban Forestry Unit is directly involved in many of them,” she added. The fact-finding visit included a special study of urban initiatives. During the week, the group visited the Black Country Urban Park to look at the use of trees and woods in towns. It also saw examples of land that had been restored to woodland, continuous cover woodland management and motorway corridor greening and planting. The delegation’s final visit was due to the National Forest at Swadlincote on 3 October. Among those who met the Ghanaian delegates was NUFU chief executive Nerys Jones

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