A Northern Forest of 50 million trees is to be planted between Liverpool and Hull, the Prime Minister has announced. Over the next 25 years, a vast swathe of woodland will be created over an 120 mile area to improve the environment and help prevent 190,000 homes from flooding.
On Sunday, Defra pledged an initial £5.7 million to launch the scheme which will be administered by The Woodland Trust and the Community Forest Trust and is expected to cost £500 million in total.
Theresa May told BBC1’s The Andrew Marr Show: “It’s going to take time to plant the millions of trees that will be needed in order to develop this national forest, so it’s not a short term thing that’s going to happen, but the commitment is there.”
The plans, which will see 62,000 acres of woodland planted before 2050,  is expected to generate £2 billion for the economy through tourism, and by boosting …