Announced in November 2021, Defra approved Cumbria’s proposal for a new 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.
Unlike traditional forests, community forests aren't geographically restricted to one place. Instead, they are spread out across a mix of community woodland, private woodland, on-street, urban woodland, wooded habitat corridors and hedgerows. By growing trees where they are most needed, corridors of woodlands will be created along the west coast of Cumbria to better connect coastal communities to nature.
This will help people enjoy the benefits of being close to trees and woodlands, enhance biodiversity and provide resilience to help reduce the effects of climate change on local communities through carbon capture, and nature-based solutions, mitigating flooding and drought.
The development of the Cumbria Community Forest bid has been led by Cumbria County Council, The National Trust and Cumbria Woodlands, in close partnership with other local councils including Barrow Borough Council, Copeland Borough Council and Allerdale Borough Council.
Find out more about Englands Community Forests here www.communityforest-trust.org/englands-community-forests