WOODLANDS in the area are set to benefit from a major cash injection.
The Heart of England Forest charity in partnership with Stratford, Warwick, and Wychavon district councils, will work with landowners and communities to plant more trees after securing funding from the national Trees Call to Action Fund.
The fund, managed by Defra, the Forestry Commission and The National Lottery Heritage Fund, will distribute grants of between £250,000 and £500,000 to 12 projects across England, to be spent over three years.
Beth Brook, chief executive of the Heart of England Forest, said: “We we will grow momentum towards creating an environment with more trees, where people understand the wider benefits of woodland and can enjoy them, where we restore lost skills and lost landscapes, and look to a future where forests are once more at the heart of England.”
Stratford District Council climate change spokesman Coun Ian Shenton said the grant would offer the chance to do more to increase and protect the area’s trees and woodlands.
And Warwick District Council climate spokesman Coun Alan Rhead added it would help meet the authority’s target of planting 160,000 new trees by 2030, one for every resident living in the district.