Funding secured for Longford Park tiny forest


The project will help capture carbon and enhance the environment

A “tiny forest” is going to be created at Longford Park.   The site, which used to be agricultural land, will include shrub and canopy layers and link into existing hedgerows to support wildlife corridors.

Tiny forests are small woodlands planted in urban locations, bringing nature to local communities.

The project is moving forward after Cherwell District Council secured £43,600 from the government’s Coronation Living Heritage Fund.

Money will also be used to plant a community orchard at Burnehyll Community Woodland in Chesterton, near Bicester.  

Both projects will help capture carbon and enhance the environment.

The council will work with an experienced contractor to plant the trees and money has been allowed for ongoing maintenance to ensure the new trees are well cared for and become successfully established.

Councillor Andrew McHugh, Portfolio Holder for Cleaner and Greener Communities, said: “We are ambitious to increase tree cover and improve the quality of green spaces in Cherwell district. These successful funding bids demonstrate our commitment to making this a reality.

“We know that access to biodiverse green spaces is good for people’s mental and physical wellbeing, while healthy woodlands are also an element of our response to the climate emergency.

“We have chosen both these sites in a strategic way so that we maximise not only the environmental benefits but also the opportunities to engage with community groups and schools who we know are passionate about tree planting and biodiversity.

“Ongoing council support is built into both programmes to ensure that the two schemes benefit from help with contracts and specialist technical advice. I can’t wait to see these two woodland projects come to fruition in the coming years.”

Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam

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