St. Albans to Receive Largest New Native Forest

An 800-acre site in Sandbridge, St. Albans, has been designated for the largest afforestation project of its kind in the UK.

The plans, set-out by the Woodland Trust would involve the plantation of 600,000 native trees, and could be realised within 12 years.

Much of Britain’s natural and semi-natural woodland has been lost since the 1930s, accelerated by the advent of the Green Revolution after the Second World War.

The government is beginning to show an increased awareness of the importance of our natural environment, with the recent announcement by Hilary Benn, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, that Defra will commit £500,000 over two years to perform an Ecosystem Assessment for England. This hopefully indicates a move to an overarching ‘ecosystems approach.’

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