Supposing we had a new Northern Forest? Director of The Mersey Forest Paul Nolan explains the idea...
Now the concept is becoming reality. Plans by the The Woodland Trust and The Community Forest Trusts to create an exciting new Northern Forest have been approved by government. The new forest will comprise of over 50million trees over 25 years and will stretch from Liverpool across to Hull with the M62 as its spine.
The project will embrace the major cities of Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds, Chester and Hull as well as major towns across the north. It will deliver major environmental, social and economic benefits that complement the significant growth, investment and new infrastructure that is planned for the north of England.
The Northern Forest will both accelerate the creation of new woodland and support sustainable management of existing woods right across the area. Many more trees, woods and forests will deliver a better environment for all by: improving air quality in our towns and cities; mitigating flood risk in key catchments; supporting the rural economy though tourism, recreation and timber production; connecting people with nature; and helping to deliver improvements to health and wellbeing through welcoming and accessible local green spaces.
Northern Forest overview
| Northern Forest Prospectus