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Winning Schemes Plant More Trees in The National Forest

Wednesday, 31st August 2016

Four new woodland creation schemes have been awarded funding through the National Forest Changing Landscapes Scheme this year.

The National Forest Company Board met last month and approved the applications which will contribute nearly 9,000 trees and 5.5ha of new woodland and other habitats to the Forest.

The proposed schemes offer permissive access over almost 90% of their total area, along with a range of biodiversity and landscape benefits, linking into existing woodlands to contribute to woodland connectivity.

Simon West, Head of Forestry for the NFC, said: "We welcome these new schemes which add to the growing Forest cover within the 200 square miles of The National Forest, and deliver a range of community, access, landscape and wildlife benefits. Each scheme will also be eligible for the National Forest Carbon Scheme to draw in additional funds."

The four schemes, three of which are in Staffordshire and one in Derbyshire comprise:

  • A small mixed woodland providing landscape and wildlife benefits along with permissive access.
  • A small community woodland next to the River Trent with a community orchard to be managed by local volunteers, permissive access and wildlife benefits.
  • A new woodland fringing a new pond for fishing with permissive access, linking to an existing Tender Scheme within the River Mease Special Area of Conservation, contributing further to benefits to wildlife in this protected area.
  • An urban fringe woodland with parkland trees on a former mine providing landscape and access benefits.
  • The new woods will help safeguard a small number of jobs.

The Changing Landscapes Scheme is unique to The National Forest and provides up to 100% funding for creating new woodlands and associated habitats (meadows, ponds, parklands). It is open for bids from January to early April each year and bids are considered by the National Forest Board in July.

The next round will open in January 2017, and anyone interested in discussing a potential application informally and in confidence should contact Simon West at the NFC on 01283 551211 or email: swest@nationalforest.org