Council backs one million trees programme as part of Northern Forest

Lancaster City Council says it will be contacting landowners across north Lancashire to ask for their help in providing space for mass tree planting, as well as planting trees and hedgerows on its own land.

Image: M J Richardson (CC BY-SA 2.0)
Image: M J Richardson (CC BY-SA 2.0)

It is working with the Woodland Trust who, thanks to Defra funding is contributing up to 85% of the costs to landowners wanting to plant trees on their land through its MOREwoods scheme.

Deputy leader Councillor Kevin Frea said: "As well as helping us to meet the carbon reduction targets we set on declaring a Climate Emergency, the new Northern Forest will have huge benefits for people and wildlife for many centuries to come."

He added: "I hope that everyone will embrace this ambitious project and get involved by either identifying suitable land or volunteering to plant trees."

The Woodland Trust’s senior farming adviser Helen Chesshire added: "Trees can provide shelter for crops and livestock, improve soil quality and stability, reduce surface run off, attract pollinators and provide an additional cash crop as well as a home for wildlife.

"With our best ever subsidy there’s no better time to think about planting for a stronger more viable future."

Applicants must be willing to plant currently non-wooded land at a density of between 1,000 and 1,600 trees per hectare.

The Trust will provide a wide range of native trees and shrubs, all sourced and grown in the UK to reduce the risk of disease.

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