Woodland Trust and Environment Agency pledge 2,000 trees to stop Lake District flood damage

The Woodland Trust and Environment Agency have announced plans to 2,000 trees on land hit by the 2009 Cumbria floods.

The locally sourced native species will be planted to protect vulnerable land around the Derwent and Greta rivers to restore the Lake District area by creating a barrier to heavy rain hitting the ground. Floods in November 2009 caused £276m of damage to the area.

Woodland Trust representative Peter Leeson said: "We will be planting several thousands of trees in nine different schemes from Keswick to Workington over the winter.

"They will have long-term benefits for water quality and wildlife."

Environment Agency representative Mike Farrell said willows and hedges would be planted to create barriers to hold back "eroded banks".


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