It has been announced that thousands of acres of new forest will be planted along the river to manage flood risk and improve water quality and wildlife.
The Forest for Water project aims to create 3,150 hectares (7,780 acres) of forest along the rivers and waterways of the six catchments from Cumbria to Devon by March 2025.
The scheme was initiated by the Ministry of the Environment (Defra) and is backed by major environmental groups such as the National Trust, Woodland Trust, Rivers Trust and Beaver Trust.
Farmers and landowners can apply for funding through the Forestry Commission’s new England Forest Creation Offering. This provides greater economic incentives for planting trees to have a positive impact on riversides and waterways.
By planting trees and growing naturally on and around riverbanks, it is possible to slow down the flow of water to prevent pollutants from flowing into the waterways, keep them clean and manage the risk of flooding. I can do it.
Creating a forest corridor along the river can also make the river more resilient to climate change by helping wildlife and providing shade and cooling water temperatures.
Tree planting is expected to help contribute to the natural network of habitats along some of Britain’s 150,000-mile waterways as part of a plan to boost Britain’s nature.
Sir Goldsmith, Minister of Forestry, said:
“The benefits of planting trees in rivers are enormous, because they help restore biodiversity by creating more natural riverbanks. Slowing the flow of surface water to reduce the risk of flooding. Improves water quality by buffering rivers from harmful agricultural pollution. “
The project is carried out in partnership with “riverscapes” by experts from the Environmental Group to provide expert assistance in selected river basins.
Funding for this program is part of the England Tree Action Plan, which aims to see more trees on the ground to support climate change, nature and people.
Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive Officer of Rivers Trust, said: , A more wild place for people to enjoy.
“We hope this project will be a route map pathfinder to the revival of rivers and their catchments that can benefit every corner of England and the rest of the UK.”
Planting will take place in National Trust’s real estate and six catchments nationwide, including Torridge and Torridge in Devon and Somerset. Tamale and Fowey in Devon and Cornwall. Norfolk Bure, Glaven, Stiffkey, Wensum, Heacham, Lark, Gaywood and Wissey waters. Cumbria’s Eden and Derwent. Shropshire and Worcestershire Teme. Wai and Usk in Gloucestershire and Herefordshire.
Harry Bowell, director of land and nature at the National Trust, said: It increases carbon and keeps the river cool in the face of rising temperatures.
“This work will reinforce the projects we are already underway, where our main focus was on the conservation and health of the river channels themselves.”
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Construction of a new forest area along the river as part of tree planting activities
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