Liverpool to benefit from £12m woodland plan

Wed, December 16th, 2020

Landowners across the region are being asked to get involved in helping...

Landowners across the region are being asked to get involved in helping the Mersey Forest to branch out!

Forty hectares of new woodland will be planted by the Mersey Forest Partnership across the region as part of the national £12m Trees for Climate planting programme and landowners who have land suitable for planting are asked to get in touch.

Over the next five months the partnership is one of ten Community Forests which will be planting the new woodland. Planting will take place in Liverpool as well as across the wider Merseyside and North Cheshire region in urban parks and green spaces and on farmland.

Last year, both Liverpool City Council and the wider Liverpool City Region declared a climate emergency and this new planting will help contribute to local action.

Trees for Climate will see over 500 hectares of new woodland planted across the country. When mature, the trees will eventually store over 100,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide, the equivalent of over 45,000 trans-Atlantic flights and will contribute to meeting the government’s net zero by 2050 target.

The project will also reduce ?ood risk, increase sustainable UK grown timber, provide more places for nature and biodiversity to thrive, and increase peoples’ access to and enjoyment of woodland.

Landowners should contact The Mersey Forest team - 01925 816217 or mail@merseyforest.org.uk – or Cllr Laura Robertson-Collins, Liverpool City Council’s cabinet member for environment and sustainability, if they would like to get involved.

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