The first steps have been taken in creating new woodland areas in Worcestershire.
The County has committed to planting 150,000 trees across the county over the next 5 years.
Tree planting has now begun near to the Blackstone Picnic Place site in Bewdley.
The first 3,000 trees will be the start of a new woodland on the Bewdley site, with more to be added in 2021 and further woodland will be created on County Council owned land in Norton, Evesham over the next five years.
Worcestershire County Council’s planting pledge will help enhance the local environment and create at least two new woodland areas in the County for residents and visitors to enjoy in years to come.
Other sites are being considered to complement the two sites in other areas of the county to reach the committed target within the 5 years.
Councillor Tony Miller, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for the Environment said: “It’s great to be taking the first steps in creating new woodland areas across the county, and it’s a real milestone to be planting the first trees at our Bewdley site. I’d like to take the opportunity to thank local member Councillor Ian Hardiman for his ongoing commitment and support towards this project. We are making this commitment to plant these trees over the next five years on our own land, it is a real sign of the progress we are making in improving our local environment.
We’re really keen for the new woodland areas to become something our residents and our local communities can really become involved in, particularly at the Bewdley site. I hope this inspires other organisations to join us in planting more trees on land they own so further new woodlands can be created to create a lasting green legacy for future generations.”
The Council has also been working closely with the Lord Lieutenant of Worcestershire, Patrick Holcroft to bring the new woodland to the county.
The Lord-Lieutenant of Worcestershire, Lt. Col. Patrick Holcroft LVO OBE said: “I am delighted to have been able to help bring together the planning enthusiasm, generosity and far- sightedness of the County Council and The Woodland Trust to create what we all hope will become an enduring legacy for Worcestershire and which will form part of the proposed national celebration of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022 (The Queen's Green Canopy project). I would now like to encourage all The County’s landowners, both public and private to consider joining this project.”
The Woodland Trust are heavily involved with the project and the charity will be supplying the 150,000 trees.
The Council’s project to create these two woodland sites has been included within the Woodland Trust’s proposed plans to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum anniversary.