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North Cornwall MP announces £30m woodland investment

By CG_Oscar  |  Posted: January 17, 2014

Dan Rogerson

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The Government is to invest £30 million to support the planting of 2,000 hectares of new woodland.

North Cornwall MP and Minister for Forestry, Dan Rogerson said the funding will help maintain important woodland sites and will support the planting of new trees this year in places like Treworder Farm, a 17 hectare site just east of Wadebridge.

Two hundred thousand hectares of existing woodland will also be protected or improved as part of the investment. Mr Rogerson said it will support landowners - including charities, local authorities and businesses - in their commitment to planting and maintaining the country's woodland.

Mr Rogerson said: “Forests are a cherished national resource, which provide precious habitats for wildlife and natural spaces for generations to enjoy. Planting four million trees over the coming year will help us to extend woodland cover across the country which will benefit wildlife, improve the environment and help grow the economy.’’

This investment will be split between £6 million on new planting in 2014/15 and £24 million on woodland management, including maintaining the benefits of past woodland creation projects.

Many of the trees planted this year will grow for up to 60 years before being sustainably felled for timber and all will be managed long-term for nature. Trees also provide myriad environmental benefits, including supporting climate change adaptation and clean water initiatives, and protecting land against floods.

From 2015, the new Rural Development Programme will look to further fund the creation and maintenance of woodland.

Mr Rogerson is planning tree planting grants from 2015, with the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Forestry Commission working closely with interested parties on what this could involve.

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  • jellyboom  |  January 20 2014, 3:23PM

    Yes because 'libraries and public conveniences' are so much more valuable to the delicate balance of our planet than trees. It's so sad I never thought I'd hear anyone moaning about trees being planted. How miserable can you get!

  • josdave  |  January 17 2014, 3:05PM

    How about using the money to help essential services and also look after the roads? For cyclists and motorcyclists many country roads are now accidents waiting to happen and the council is closing toilets and libraries etc. These things are far more important than planting a few trees.

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