Second large-scale forestry development for north of England announced

The Forestry Commission yesterday (30 November) gave consent for a new 350-hectare forest on Doddington North Moor near Wooler in Northumberland, claimed to be the largest of its kind to be planted in England for over 30 years.

Image: Andrew Bowden (CC BY-SA 2.0)
Image: Andrew Bowden (CC BY-SA 2.0)

More than 600,000 trees will be planted on the site over the next two years, supporting the region's forestry and timber processing industries.

It follows approval of another large-scale forestry development also approved last month at Lowther Park Estate in the Lake District.

Welcoming the decision, environment minister Thérèse Coffey said: "Doddington North Moor will make a significant contribution to our drive to plant 11 million trees across the nation and is a fantastic example of the kind of tree planting schemes we want to see more of.

"I hope this will signal a wave of similar projects to come forward and help other landowners realise the benefits of woodland creation."

Doddington North Moor project manager Andy Howard added: "There needs to be a major uplift in the planting of new woodlands in England, and hopefully us starting to plant trees at Doddington and the lessons learnt from the application process can unlock interest from further potential applicants."

The project has been developed over the last two years with support from the government’s Woodland Creation Planning Grant. It anticipated the planting will be funded through other schemes such as the Woodland Carbon Fund and Countryside Stewardship Woodland Creation Grant.


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