Community Forests: Government announces £44m boost for tree-planting ambitions

The government announced a major boost to its plans to significantly expand the UK’s forest cover late last week, confirming that £44.2m has been awarded to projects that are set to deliver around 2,300 hectares of new trees – equivalent to around 3,220 football pitches. The awards represent the latest wave of funding from £750m … Read more

Flood-hit communities offered share of £100m government funding to bolster defences

Communities across England which have suffered the “miserable” devastation of repeated flooding in recent years are to be offered a share of a fresh £100m ringfenced government funding pot announced today to help better protect their properties. The £100m Frequently Flooded Allowance is aimed at improving access to public funding for communities where 10 or … Read more

Going Under: 200,000 homes and businesses at risk of rising sea levels

Nearly 200,000 English properties are at risk of being abandoned by the 2050s due to climate change-induced sea level rise, according to a major new study published today. Average sea levels around England are expected to be around 35cm higher by 2050 than their historical level and will continue to rise as increasing global temperatures … Read more

‘Climate change is happening now’: Roadmap sets out Environment Agency’s new flood risk plan

The growing threat of flooding from rivers, the sea, and surface water is the focus of a new roadmap launched by The Environment Agency (EA) yesterday, setting out practical actions to be taken over the next four years to tackle escalating flood-related risks . The Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management (FCERM) Strategy Roadmap builds … Read more