Worsley reappointed Tree Champion with remit to boost planting

The Government has confirmed the re-appointment of Sir William Worsley as its Tree Champion for a further year.

Image: National Forest Company
Image: National Forest Company

Since being appointed last June Worsley, who also chairs the National Forest Company, has worked with Defra and the Forestry Commission to implement a number of initiatives to grow woodland cover, including the £10 million Urban Tree Challenge Fund announced last month.

He has also spearheaded the launch of the first Forestry Investment Zone in Cumbria and launching the Urban Tree Manual to help local authorities in their decision making.

He will continue to push forward the government’s stated ambition to move further and faster on tree planting, with an English Tree Strategy due to be consulted on later this year.

Worsley marked his reappointment with a call to land owners, farmers and foresters across the country to take up the challenge of tree planting by accessing the Government’s Woodland Creation Grant Scheme.

Through this fund, which is now open for applications all year round, planting grants of up to £6,800 are available to help landowners realise the benefits of expanding woodland cover.

Backing the scheme, forestry minister David Rutley said: "By planting more trees and creating new woodland, landowners in England can help to prevent flood risk and contribute to the sustainability of the wider landscape and provide a range of other ecosystem benefits such as carbon capture, soil conservation and biodiversity."

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