New woodlands to be planted across Devon and Cornwall

Date: 2021-09-25 14:48:45

A new project to plant a huge amount of woodland across Devon and Cornwall’s riverbanks has launched today.

The Woodlands for Water project will see trees planted along the rivers to help manage floods risks in the area and boost biodiversity.

Today, it was announced that over 3,000 hectares of new woodland will be planted across the country.

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Planting the trees on and around the riverbanks will allow them to grow naturally and help to improve the water quality.

It’ll help by blocking the runoff of pollutants along with helping to manage flood risks as it will slow the flow of water.

The project will boost biodiversity as it will create new habitats and is set to make the rivers across the country more climate-resilient as it’ll provide shade and cooling water temperatures.



The woodland is set by the River Taw where there is a shared space to use with neighbouring owners

The project will create 3,150 hectares of trees across six river catchment areas from Cornwall to Cumbria by March 2025.

Two of those catchment areas are in Devon and Cornwall, The Torridge, Taw and Caen in Devon and the Tamar and Fowey catchment spanning Devon and Cornwall.

Mark Prior, South West Area Director Forestry Commission said: “The Forestry Commission in the South West fully supports the Woodlands for Water project. Woods and trees play a vital role in maintaining and bringing life to our rivers and watercourses. Riparian woodlands provide crucial habitat, for protected species such as bats and dormouse in the South West.

They continued: “Trees and woodland also help to mitigate the worst effects of flooding, slowing the flow and trapping sediment that might otherwise build up in our rivers and streams. We hope landowners and farmers in the South West will get behind this initiative and think about how riparian trees and woodland could benefit their farm and local communities.”

The announcement made today is a key action of the England Trees Action Plan which was recently published that outlined the Government’s strategy to get more trees in the ground.

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