Friday, August 05, 2022

Community action to protect our environment

Today the government has announced £44.2 million in funding for community forests, planting millions of trees to expand woodlands near to where people live, giving more people greater access to nature to improve their health and wellbeing.

  • Our economies, livelihoods and wellbeing all rely on nature – community forests and woodland improves the lives of communities and provides the green infrastructure needed to support regional growth.
  • That is why the government is investing £44.2 million of taxpayers' money in planting 2,300 hectares of trees, the equivalent of 3,220 football pitches – to absorb 600,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide by 2050, delivering on our ambition to treble tree planting by the end of this Parliament and reach Net Zero.
  • This is good use of taxpayers' money because it will reduce flood risk, provide sustainable UK grown timber, greater access to nature to improve health and wellbeing, and create more green jobs – helping spread economic growth across the country.

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