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The Benefits of National Forest Planting

Housing development in Bagworth

The incorporation of National Forest planting within new development should be considered as an opportunity to create a high quality scheme. When considered early in the design process, green infrastructure can incorporate necessary and desirable aspects of a development scheme and create a range of benefits for the developer, occupiers and the environment.

The main benefits of incorporating National Forest tree planting and other green infrastructure within a development include:

  • Tree planting creates an attractive wooded setting - this enhances the development, creates character and has been shown to increase house prices. Development can benefit from a themed approach to planting with blocks of woodland supported by parkland style planting, street trees and garden landscaping.
  • Planting ties new development into The National Forest - an increasingly popular place to live, the Forest is creating an attractive landscape. On-site planting brings the Forest to the door of local residents.
  • Multifunctional routes provide alternative transport options - incorporating pedestrian and cycle routes which connect to the existing network can reduce the need to travel by car, minimising the impact of a development on the existing road network. Residents benefit from greenways providing recreation opportunities and improvements to health.
  • Accommodating and creating wildlife habitats - well designed green infrastructure can accommodate and improve existing habitats often enhancing the ecological value of the site following development.
  • Multiple use of land - green infrastructure can be designed to include sustainable urban drainage features, wildlife habitats, footpaths and retained hedgerows together reducing the amount of land required if these were to be provided separately.
  • Creating a positive relationship with existing communities - green infrastructure can be designed to include planted buffers to neighbouring properties, where required, and create greenways to shops, schools and places of work through links to existing footpaths and rights of way.
  • Creating communities - the shared use and enjoyment of on-site planting creates areas of interaction for residents and provides a resource that the whole community can benefit from and take ownership of.
  • Reducing noise and visual intrusion - substantial belts of trees, of at least 15 metres in width, can act as barriers and screens to intrusive developments.
  • Improving water run-off - trees and sustainable urban drainage systems play a valuable role in soaking up surface water run-off, thereby helping to reduce the potential of flooding.

Other Social, Economic and Environmental Benefits from Incorporating National Forest Planting.

  • Improving the local economy - high quality woodland planting and landscaping will improve the environment around developments; create new jobs through the work it generates; and help to attract new inward investment through the attractive environment it creates.
  • Creating a healthy environment - trees filter polluted air; provide shade from the sun's harmful ultra violet rays; moderate local climate by providing shelter, which in turn can reduce energy demand in nearby buildings; and contribute to national environmental objectives such as the cumulative, positive effect of increasing tree cover to help absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

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Philip Metcalfe, Green Infrastructure and Planning Officer

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National Forest Company
Enterprise Glade
Bath Yard
DE12 6BA
United Kingdom

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+44 (0)1283 551211

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