More than 11,000 trees are set to be planted in the National Forest this winter, which will bring a range of open space features to the area.
A new scheme, entitled the National Forest Company’s changing landscapes scheme will create 14.9 acres of woodland and 9.6 acres of a range of other habitats, including parkland with trees, an orchard and a pond.
A living willow art sculpture will be created at the Park Farm site, right on the border between Derbyshire and Leicestershire and pathways added to the area.
Schools and groups will be invited to take part in activities on the site at Park Farm, including tree planting, foraging and craft courses to try to develop an understanding and appreciation of woodland in younger people.
Charles Robinson, who is the head of forestry at the National Forest centre, has explained the importance of planting more trees as it helps so many different aspects of life.
He said: “We may have celebrated 25 years of the National Forest last year, and the over eight and a half million trees we have planted in that time, but the work of creating the forest continues.
“Last year, 15 per cent of all the trees planted in the country were planted within the 200 square miles of the National Forest.
“At a time when people are increasingly conscious of the many benefits trees bring to society and to the environment – they take up carbon, clean the air, provide share, provide food and shelter for wildlife, and, as timber, provide a valuable construction commodity – it is vital that tree planting schemes are well supported.
“At the National Forest we offer different level schemes that enable people with land of all shapes and sizes to plant trees that will benefit the landscape, businesses and communities.”
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