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Drive for more new woodland

[Wednesday 12 May 2010]

The Woodland Trust has re-launched its MOREwoods woodland creation programme encouraging landowners to plant more trees on their own land with the charity’s support and, in some cases, funding.

Specialist woodland creation advisers are in place to offer site visits and advice based on four decades of Trust planting expertise, with a specific information area on its web site.

Last winter more woods created 210 hectares of new native woodland across 160 sites, with planting motivated by a range of uses from riverbank shelter for young fish to education and legacy for children, shelter belts for crops and game bird cover.

Many more woods applicants are motivated by the creation of new habitat for wildlife, especially support pollinating insects, and an increasing number of people are planting to create their own sustainable and accessible supplies of wood fuel.

The Trust has three main areas of focus for 2010 - planting for wood fuel, wildlife and trees on farms as part of productive agriculture. It will be exhibiting at the CLA Game Fair in Warwickshire with tree planting specialists on hand each day.

For more information, see www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/planting

Feedback received on this subject:

Woodland should be given proper protection under law, with sites of natural bueaty, special sites of interest etc offering greater protection from land developers and councils that except back handers in order to pass planning applications.

The government should look at the fines that can be currently brought against enviromental damage (this is the level of fines and the process of prosecuting)- these are insufficient and overcomplicated.

All to often these designations, Sites of special Interest etc, are easily ignored or pushed aside in order to make way for unsustainable and inappropriate housing/developments.

There should be some sort of contract saying about the after care of newly planted tree's. Alot of these newly planted tree's will die from lack of maintenance (watering, stopping them from getting overgrown, adjusting their bindings) until there root's get established.

Giles Lacey Chelmsford

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