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Plant trees and help battle climate change

by Cathy Sheel

Farmers and landowners across Knowsley are being urged to come forward if they have any land available that would be suitable for tree planting.

Landowners can benefit from a Government-backed programme called Trees for Climate, a five-year woodland creation initiative providing natural solutions to climate change.

The programme provides grants for tree planting and maintenance support to landowners and farmers, as part of a national initiative to tackle the climate emergency and meet the Government’s net zero emissions target by 2050.

Funding is open to all, whether you have a small pocket of unused land on your property or are a farmer with several hectares of land.

The Trees for Climate programme is being delivered locally by The Mersey Forest, an organisation with years of experience of working with a range of landowners and partners to develop woodlands across the Merseyside and Cheshire area.

In partnership with the Urban Tree Challenge Fund, Knowsley Council has planted 2,114 trees over the course of the last two years across the borough and has committed to working with Mersey Forest to develop new woodland planting schemes.

The council’s Climate Emergency Action Plan shows how tree planting and enhancing green spaces is key to both tackling and reducing the effects of climate change.

Any landowners and farmers with land suitable for tree planting and interested in getting involved in the next phase of planting, which is due to start in the autumn, can contact The Mersey Forest team by calling: 01925 816217 or emailing: mail@merseyforest.org.uk . Find out more about The Mersey Forest’s work by visiting: www.merseyforest.org.uk