This article was originally published on the Guardian


“The government has pledged £5.7m to kickstart the creation of a northern forest that will stretch from Liverpool to Hull.The plans, which are being led by the Woodland Trust, include the planting of 50m trees along a 120-mile stretch of land running next to the M62. The project is expected to cost £500m over 25 years, with more than £10m committed by the Woodland Trust and the remainder still to be raised.

The project aims to provide new habitat for wildlife, as well as bolstering the local economy by an estimated £2bn through tourism, jobs, increasing property value and reduced flood risk to 190,000 homes. The Woodland Trust claims the new woodland will help tackle climate change by locking up an estimated 8m tonnes of carbon…”

Read on at: the Guardian.