£44.2 million in funding for Community Forests

Last month DEFRA announced further support for woodland creation with £44.2 million in funding for Community Forests and woodland creation partners.

This boosts and further supports the work of Community Forests throughout England and, of course, our very own Cumbria Coastal Community Forest

As part of the Government’s £750 million Nature for Climate Fund, Community Forests will expand woodlands near our cities, towns, villages and rivers - giving more people greater access to nature and improving health and wellbeing.

"The social, environmental and economic benefits of being in woodlands are well-documented, helping local communities to be happier, healthier and more pleasant places to live." 

(Sir William Worsley, Forestry Commission Chair)

"England’s Community Forests welcome the opportunity to establish even more new woodlands close to people to deliver all the benefits that we know they provide."

(Paul Nolan, Chair of England’s Community Forests)

The Cumbria Coastal Community Forest-

Thousands of trees will be planted over the next five years which will create up to 150 hectares of woodland. These woodlands and trees will provide direct and real benefits for people living within these communities through the development of new tree planting and woodland creation. It will offer opportunities for decarbonisation and enhance the county’s natural capital, making Cumbria a more attractive place to live and work.

If you are interested in woodland creation grants, or are looking for advice, please contact us through our Woodland Advisory Service.

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