Prime minister Theresa May announced that a Northern Forest of 50 million trees will be planted between Liverpool and Hull in the United Kingdom. Over the next 25 years, the forest will be created over a 120-mile area to improve the environment and prevent homes from flooding.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) pledged an initial £5.7 million to get the project up and going. The total cost is expected to cost £500 million.
The Northern Forest is part of the government’s 25-year environmental plan. The 62,000-acre area is expected to generate £2 billion for the economy through tourism, and by boosting rural business and generating jobs. It is also likely that the forest will increase property values and reduce the economic impact of flooding.
Planting will begin in March at the Woodland Trust’s 1,680-acre site at Smithills, Bolton. Woodlands will be a mix of native broadleaf trees such as oaks and conifers including spruce and pine.