The ‘Forest for Cornwall’ was kick-started last month with the first 105 trees of the programme being planted in Saltash. The project is part of the council’s bigger Climate Change Plan and has been made a priority following research which put the planting of new trees in the top three actions requested by the public.
The project will create new woodlands and copses and will plant trees in Cornwall’s countryside and towns, it will increase hedgerows and what is called ‘canopy cover’.
The principle aim of the planting project is to fight climate change and, once completed, the hope is that it will cover approximately 8,000 hectares (2% of Cornwall’s land area).
The Council have prioritised £500,000 for the first phase of the Forest for Cornwall and are bidding for £500,000 in match funding from the Government’s Urban Tree Challenge Fund.
If you’d like to get involved in helping grow the Forest for Cornwall, there are several ways including:
- Host your own tree planting event (The Woodland Trust are giving away free trees for schools and communities to plant)
- Apply for funding for community tree planting through the Council’s Grow Nature Seed Fund
- Become a member of the Woodland Trust and / or make a donation to the Woodland Trust so they can plant trees for you
- Share #Forestforcornwall on social media and download the Facebook profile frame which says “I’m supporting Forest For Cornwall” – and encourage your followers to get involved.
- If you have land available for potential planting, using the Council’s ‘Tell us’ contact form
- Find out about becoming a parish volunteer tree warden and being part of the Cornish Parish Tree Wardens Scheme
- Pledge to plant a tree as a part of the Big Climate Fightback with the Woodland Trust
For more ideas and information, visit the Forest for Cornwall programme website.