National Forest Company scheme sponsors tree-planting on private land

Landowners are being urged to create "their own bit of the National Forest for free" by a group that runs the 200sq-mile (518 sq km) cross-county woods with grant aid.

National Forest Company is to divvy up "small parcels of land" for the National Forest One Acre Woodland scheme, also known as the 500 to 2,000 trees scheme.

Woodland officer Simon Greenhouse said: "A range of free-tree initiatives for landowners will help them create copses, amenity woods, screens and shelter belts."

His company, which receives Defra grants, overseas the National Forest, a belt of land across Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire.

It aims to increase woodland cover within its boundaries from 6% to a third. No multi-purpose forest on this scale has been created in the UK for 1,000 years.

To date the proportion of woodland cover in the forest has nearly trebled to almost 18% and over seven million trees have been planted.

The company works with growers, farms, schools, parish councils, golf clubs, mineral firms and other individuals and organisations that own land within the forest area.

Visit www.nationalforest.org/woodlandcreation or call 01283 551211.


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