Thousands more trees are set to be planted across our region and city after a multi-million cash investment. The North East Community Forest is rolling out an extensive tree planting programme part funded by central government’s Defra. Hundreds are being planted across all the city’s town moors. Tackling the climate crisis is one of Newcastle Council’s key priorities whilst helping to bring more residents closer to nature and create a more sustainable future for everyone.
Environmental science experts note that each tree planted breathes in carbon dioxide and breathes out oxygen making it one of the most cost-effective measures to lower CO2 levels and combat climate change.
Trees are also an attractive addition to the city’s landscape. They provide habitats for birds and other wild-life whist encouraging and nurturing biodiversity. They are also good for peoples’ mental health and well-being.
The council is working with landowners and community groups to identify land and design more planting projects that will enhance local neighbourhoods. Meanwhile many primary schools, such as St Cuthberts and Kenton Bar, have taken up the challenge and have been designated as Forest schools.
A NEFC Trees for Climate grant is available to landowners or other organisations who have tangible suggestions of where more trees can be planted. More information here.