16 April 2024

Humber Forest sets 200,000-tree target as new planting season begins

Humber Forest, the community forest for Hull, East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire, has planted its first trees of the new season in Patrington.

Last year, the team planted 117,663 trees, more than ever before.

This season they aim to plant more than 100 hectares (more than 200,000 trees), by the end of March.

The team are working on a wide range of projects, including: planting trees to make schools greener places to learn, planting hedgerows and shelter belts to enhance farmland; and woodland creation – mainly planting native trees for the benefit of wildlife.

Councillor Paul West, cabinet member for the environment at East Riding Council, said: “While planting this many trees is something Humber Forest is really proud of, it is the benefit these trees bring that really matters.

“If you are a farmer, landowner or land manager and interested in planting trees on your land, Humber Forest would love to work with you.”

Humber Forest is the community forest for Hull, East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire, one of 13 across England, and part of the larger Northern Forest that stretches from Liverpool to the Yorkshire coast. It is not a single “forest”, but the collection of many trees, woodlands and hedgerows across the whole region.

The team works with communities, businesses and landowners to increase tree cover and maintain existing woodland.

Humber Forest can fund large and small projects, providing up to 100 per cent of agreed costs of tree planting, hedgerow creation and maintenance. It can also support tree protection, fences, gates and more.

For more information, or to get involved, visit humberforest.org or email [email protected].