New Community Forest in the North East of England
The initiative will bring together six local authorities – including Newcastle City Countil, Durham County Council, Gateshead Council, North and South Tyneside Council, and Sunderland City Council – alongside charities, businesses and landowners, in an attempt to increase canopy cover to 30% by 2050. Backed by the Nature for Climate Fund and local councils, up to 500 hectares of trees will be planted by 2025, with a long-term goal to increase canopy cover across the north east to 30% by 2050 – almost double the current national average.
England’s Community Forests have been created in and around some of the nation’s largest towns and cities. Each forest is a collaboration between councils and local, regional and national organisations, as part of the 30-year ‘forest plan’ vision for landscape improvement.
Forestry minister Lord Goldsmith commented on the new Community Forest: “Our economies, livelihoods and well-being all rely on nature, and tackling the impacts of climate change and biodiversity loss are at the heart of this project.”