A MAJOR new woodland for Worcestershire will be planted on land near Evesham, county council chiefs have revealed.
Land north of The Valley, consisting of some 155 acres, will be one of two new woodland areas to be created as part of the County Council’s commitment to protect the environment.
The north and south of Worcestershire will see new woodland, as up to 120,000 trees will be planted across sites in Bewdley and Evesham, on County Council owned land.
Other sites are being considered to complement the two sites in other areas of the county to reach the committed target of 150,000 within five years.
The new woodland plans were approved as part of the Council’s draft budget for 2020/21 which was approved at County Hall in February.
Leader Coun Simon Geraghty said: “Protecting the environment is one of the four key priorities in our ambitious plan for the county, Shaping Worcestershire’s Future.
“Our pledge to plant 150,000 trees will help enhance the local environment and create at least two new woodland areas in the County for residents and visitors to enjoy in years to come.
“We are making this commitment to plant these trees over the next five years on our own land so we can make a positive and tangible difference and play our part in improving the environment.
“I hope this inspires other organisations to join us in planting more trees on land they own so further new woodlands can be created to create a lasting green legacy for future generations.”
The county council will be working closely with the Woodland Trust on the project and the charity will be supplying the 150,000 trees.
Karl Mitchell from the Woodland Trust, said: “The Woodland Trust is delighted to be involved in this exciting project. Never have our woods and trees been more important than they are today, we must protect what we have and plant many more to expand the UKs woodland, to help fight back against climate change and nature decline.
The council’s Countryside Services will be designing the woodland areas, working with the Woodland Trust.