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Green targets given a boost through woodland creation project


30 November 2022

Trees which have been coppiced

Greening the North Northamptonshire landscape and meeting carbon reduction levels will be given a boost thank to a Government funding injection.

North Northamptonshire Council has been awarded £150,000 from Defra as part of its Woodland Creation Accelerator Fund.

The funding will allow the authority to recruit two posts to support its tree planting programme over the next two seasons.

Trees are so important for us all - cleaning our air, capturing carbon, providing habitats and working with us in the fight against climate change.
Locally, trees are important for our communities in supporting our wellbeing and improving the quality of our lives, as well as creating havens for wildlife.
Cllr Harriet Pentland, the Council’s Executive Member for Climate and the Green Environment


We very much welcome this additional funding to help support our tree planting programme which is important in so many ways.

We live in a beautiful part of the country with historic links to the ancient Rockingham Forest – so any support we receive in enhancing our landscape is greatly appreciated.
Cllr Jason Smithers, Leader of the Council

More than 4,500 trees have been planted across the North Northamptonshire area in the 21/22 season including more than 3,500 planted through the Queen’s Green Canopy initiative.

Across England 57 local authorities have received funding through the Woodland Creation Accelerator Fund to kickstart tree planting activity, create new green jobs and boost access to nature.