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

Levelling Up Parks Fund: Government promises to create new urban green spaces

The two candidates to become the next Prime Minister may be sending mixed signals on their support for both the levelling up agenda and nature protection, but that has not stopped the government this week launching a new initiative to try and enhance access to nature in some of the UK’s most deprived communities. Ministers … Read more

Mayor of London unveils £3.1 urban tree planting funding package

The Mayor of London has pledged a further £3.1m to support tree planting across the capital, in bid to boost vital canopy cover and sun shade for citizens, support urban wildlife and biodiversity, reduce flood risk, and help combat absorb climate change by storing carbon. The “massive” tree planting package is aimed at protecting and … Read more

Morrisons to send in ‘Tree Advisors’ to help its farmers boost woodland coverage

Morrisons has appointed a team of ‘Tree Advisors’ to help support its network of 3,000 farmers towards becoming more tree- and biodiversity-friendly, the supermarket announced today. As part of a partnership with Natural England and the Forestry Commission, the tree advisors employed by Morrisons are set to provide specialist advice to UK farmers on “the … Read more

Forestry industry accuses Ministers of ‘total policy failure’ on tree planting

The government has been accused by the forestry industry of a “total policy failure” on tree planting, in the wake of fresh figures which show it is less than halfway to hitting an annual tree planting target it established more than two years ago. Stuart Goodall, CEO of trade body Confor, which represents more than … Read more

Green Search: Ecosia sees active user rates soar to 20 million

Green search engine Ecosia has seen an increase in active users to 20 million, the not-for-profit venture announced this week. With highest usage in Germany, France, UK, and the US, the growing user base is also reflected in the carbon negative search engine’s recent milestone of reaching 150 million trees planted, with 100 million planted … Read more

Tiny Forests: Fever-Tree and All Bar One join forces to create urban nature hubs

All Bar One and premium mixer brand Fever-Tree are partnering with the Earthwatch Europe charity to boost biodiversity in the UK’s urban areas through a large-scale tree planting initiative. The Tiny Forest movement includes over 3,000 Tiny Forests planted in urban areas around the world to help enrich biodiversity and reconnect people with nature. Following … Read more

Woodland creation schemes awarded £6m to create jobs and enhance climate sinks

Twelve woodland creation projects across England have snapped up a share of £6m from a fund that aims to create forestry jobs and improving public access to nature. Between £250,000 and £500,000 is to be handed out to each of the schemes by the Trees Call to Action Fund, which the National Lottery Heritage Fund … Read more