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Coronation Woods

 

Thousands of trees are set to be planted to mark the coronation of His Majesty King Charles III with a new government fund launching today (Saturday 5 August), celebrating His Majesty’s passion for the environment.

The new £2.5 million fund will enable local authorities to create green spaces and connect communities with nature as a permanent reminder of the Coronation, while helping meet the government’s targets to treble tree planting rates by the end of this Parliament and ensure that 16.5% of land area is under tree cover by 2050.

Applications are welcome today (5 August) from upper tier local authorities and district and city councils in England, for grants between £10,000 - £50,000. Projects eligible for funding will cover:

  • Coronation Community Orchards: to provide grants for local people and groups to establish community orchards;

  • Coronation Miyawaki Woods: to plant miniature areas of woodland in urban areas using the Miyawaki method, involving careful soil preparation to rapidly plant dense native woodlands that are usually the size of a tennis court;

  • Coronation tree packs: free or subsidised tree schemes, administered by local authorities for local residents and organisations;

  • Trees on farms: to provide grants for local farmers and residents to plant trees on agricultural land;

  • Small and Community tree nurseries: to support small and community-run tree nurseries to set-up, increase production, improve their biosecurity practices, or fund audits, advice, or support for the Plant Healthy Certification Scheme.

These projects will be run by local authorities that apply successfully to the fund. Other groups, such as parish councils and housing associations, that are keen to get involved can contact their relevant county, unitary, metropolitan borough or district council.

The fund will be open for five weeks from Saturday 5th August to Monday 11th September.

https://www.forestryengland.uk/news/commemorations-leave-lasting-coronation-legacy

 

and here’s an article from the Yorkshire Post:

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/country-and-farming/thousands-of-new-trees-and-a-new-nature-reserve-for-yorkshire-to-celebrate-kings-coronation-4246352

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