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Ten years on and 250 Millennium woods transform Britain’s landscape

13/09/2010 10:35:19

Trust calls for communities to take on the tree planting baton

September 2010: The Woodland Trust is encouraging people across the UK to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the trust's Woods on your Doorstep project, which saw communities across the length and breadth of the UK plant new native woodland from scratch.

THEN...: What was to become Abbey Grove
community woodland in 2000, just after the trees
were planted.

Created 3,000 acres of new native woodland
The project was undertaken to celebrate the millennium, with 250 woods being created across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Previously the sites were bare land with no trees, and in just ten years the young saplings planted by local communities have grown to be above head height, creating 3,000 acres of new native woodland for people and wildlife. 

From Oppy Wood, at the heart of Hull's urban sprawl to How Tun Wood, on the windswept Cumbrian coast - Woods on your Doorstep woods have been lovingly created in virtually every region across the country.

Victoria Hodson from the Woodland Trust added: ‘The UK is one of the least wooded countries in Europe, so to see sites flourishing in just ten years is inspirational.

'Trees bring so many different benefits to local people and wildlife, and I'd encourage everyone to visit the nearest millennium wood to see what can be achieved in just a decade. 

...AND NOW: Abbey Grove is now a flourishing
woodland. Picture: Angela Harris

'We need new communities to follow in the footsteps of these millennium planters and help us increase woodland cover. If you want to plant a few trees with your local community, or have larger areas of land, our More Trees, More Good campaign can help you.'

Tree planting packs available
Communities and schools that are interested in enhancing their local area through tree planting can contact the Woodland Trust to apply for free or reduced cost tree planting packs. Packs come in a choice of three sizes and four different themes. There is also practical help, and in some cases financial support, for landowners wishing to plant on a larger scale. Find out more at 

Woods on your Doorstep was funded by a range of partners including The Millennium Commission, The Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts, the Forestry Commission, Homebase and many other local companies and supporters.

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