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Harrogate join in tree lobbying effort of Boris Johnson

Harrogate join in tree lobbying effort of Boris Johnson

Published by Local Democracy Reporter Lachlan Leeming at 11:03am 23rd August 2019.

Harrogate will be among the local authorities lobbying Boris Johnson for support in planting 50 million trees throughout the north of England.

  • Harrogate leader Richard Cooper has signed a letter addressed to the Prime Minister,
  • This is in a cross-party move aimed at securing support for the Northern Forest project.
  • The initiative is focused on planting millions of trees in northern England in the coming years.

Birthed by the conservation charity the Woodland Trust, this is at a time when development and expected population growth in the region looms larger than ever.

In a message to local leaders, Barnsley Central MP Dan Jarvis and project-backer said the initiative would reduce the risk of flooding as well as locking up millions of tonnes of carbon, he wrote.

“The Northern Forest would also generate around £2.5 billion worth of social, economic and environmental benefits – at least a five-fold return on investment,”

“Yet 650,000 new homes are planned, with £75 billion of infrastructure already in the pipeline. This is a challenge and an opportunity to reach a balance between development and the environment.”

His letter highlights that even though the north of England is home to 13 million people, woodland covers just 7.6 per cent of the region – much lower than the England average.