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250 new woods in ten years

[Tuesday 07 September 2010]

It is now ten years since the launch of a Millennium drive to help Britain regain its once heavily forested status – and as a result, the Woodland Trust is celebrating the planting of no less than 250 new woods.

Britain has one of the lowest areas of tree cover in the whole of Europe – and here in the Yorkshire Dales it is even thinner than the national average – but even with the 250 new woods, more volunteers are needed to plant even more.

Marking a decade of progress since the launch of the “Woods on your doorstep” campaign, the trust has launched a follow-up programme called “More trees, more good.”

Says the trust’s Victoria Hodson: "The UK is one of the least wooded countries in Europe, so to see sites flourishing in just 10 years is inspirational. Trees bring so many different benefits to local people and wildlife, and I'd encourage everyone to visit the nearest millennium wood to see what can be achieved in just a decade.

“We need new communities to follow in the footsteps of these millennium planters and help us increase woodland cover. If you want to plant a few trees with your local community, or have larger areas of land, our "More Trees, More Good" campaign can help you."

For more information see http://www.MoreTreesMoreGood.org.uk/celebrate

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