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NEWS RELEASE No: 1453630 MARCH 2011

More than 200,000 trees planted by the Forestry Commission in the North West this winter

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More than 200,000 trees planted by the Forestry Commission in the North West this winter

The Forestry Commission in the North West has planted more than 200,000 new trees at its sites across the region this winter.

Despite the Arctic chill that gripped the UK at Christmas freezing the ground solid, Forestry Commission staff, contractors and volunteers have worked hard to catch up with their annual restocking programme. Some of those involved even managed to plant more than 1,000 trees a day.

Species of spruce, Douglas fir, oak, ash and alder were planted on sites that included Grizedale Forest, Whinlatter Forest, Ennerdale and Claife in Cumbria, Gisburn Forest in Lancashire, and Delamere Forest in Cheshire.

Nigel Williams, Forestry Commission beat forester, said:

“We have been busy throughout the winter period – which is the tree planting time of year – getting more than 200,000 new trees growing across the region.

“These trees will soak up carbon, contribute to a more attractive landscape and create habitat for wildlife for the next 20 years. They will then result in high quality timber that will be used locally in a variety of ways such as for construction, fencing and fuel.”

Each tree was planted on a cultivated mound, which makes planting easier, makes the trees establish quicker and removes the need to use herbicides.

The Forestry Commission plants around 200,000 new trees each year in North West England to replace those that have been harvested for timber.

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Note to Editors

The Forestry Commission is the largest provider of countryside recreation in Britain with responsibility for over one million hectares (2.4 million acres) of forest, woodlands and open countryside. The North West England Forest District covers the Lake District in Cumbria, the Forest of Bowland in Lancashire, Merseyside, Greater Manchester and Cheshire. The forests today are managed for conservation, wildlife, landscape and recreation as well as providing a valuable source of timber.

Media contacts
Nigel Williams on 01229 862009 or Sarah Bruce on 01229-862011 or 07827