Jul 16 2021

New Community Forest for Plymouth and South Devon

The Plymouth and South Devon Community Forest (P&SD Community Forest) will stretch from the heart of the city to the edge of the moor, encompassing 1,900 hectares of land to form a mosaic of different forest habitats.
The Woodland Trust has been working with Plymouth City Council for several years to shape and deliver its Plan For Trees. Now we are proud to be key partners in this new project, which with support from Defra through the Nature for Climate Fund will see the 500 hectares planted in the first five years.
Unlike traditional forests, community forests aren’t geographically restricted to one place. Instead, they are a spread out across a mix of community woodland, private woodland, street trees, urban woods, wooded habitat corridors and hedgerows.
Young people will be at the heart of the design, implementation and management of the new Community Forest. The project team be involving young people in the initial planning and then the idea is that as those young people grow into adulthood, so will the forest itself. 
What the new Community Forest will achieve:
• Planting trees in a space of around 1,900 hectares. 
• 353 jobs over the first ten years with plenty of apprenticeships 
• The extra trees will increase capture carbon/CO2 in the Plymouth area by 83% 
• Health benefits of the new green spaces are estimated at around £5.7m per year  
Ross Kennerley, Regional director South West England at the Woodland Trust, said: “The Woodland Trust is proud to be a partner in this new community forest which comes at a time of climate emergency, ecological breakdown and the fallout of the Coronavirus pandemic. 
“The Community Forest represents an exceptional opportunity to respond to these crises by increasing tree cover and reconnecting communities to nature.” 
The proposals have been drawn up by a broad initial partnership between Plymouth City Council, National Trust, Woodland Trust, South Hams District Council and West Devon Borough Council, the Forestry Commission, Forestry England, Devon Wildlife Trust, Plymouth Tree Partnership and Dartmoor National Park and is funded through the Department of Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs’ Nature for Climate fund. 
More information:
Contact: Eleanor Lewis eleanorlewis@woodlandtrust.org.uk


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