More than 250,000 trees to be planted across UK

Defra has announced £12m will be provided to planting trees in areas that have been hit by degradation and pollution

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The government has announced more than £12 million in funding will be given to plant 260,000 trees across the UK.

Announced by Defra and the Forestry Commission, the funding will be allocated to four successful applicants to plant trees outside of woodlands to drive natural regeneration and improve community spirit.

Areas that have seen treescapes decline due to building works, neglect, pollution and disease will be reinvigorated – planted by local residents, schools and environmental groups.

In addition to the £12 million funding for tree planting, projects restoring biodiversity in vulnerable natural habitats will receive £700,000 from the Woods into Management Forestry Innovation Funds.

Forestry Ministry, Lord Goldsmith, commented: “This targeted package of funding will help us to build back greener and regenerate natural spaces across the country for the benefit of all.

“Trees are at the heart of our ambitious environmental programme, as we work to deliver on the promises we made at COP26 and treble tree planting rates by the end of this Parliament.

“At the local level, trees and woodlands are the lifeblood of communities, essential to supporting wellbeing, reducing pollution and improving people’s quality of life.”