130,000 trees to be planted across England to combat climate change

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More than 130,000 trees will be planted across towns and cities in England to help combat climate change, the government has said.

Grants totalling £10m will be made available through the Urban Tree Challenge Fund over the next two years.

 

The scheme, administered by the Forestry Commission, will be open to individuals, local authorities, charities and NGOs. Grants will cover the planting of trees and the first three years of their care.

“Trees are vital in the fight against climate change, which is why we must go further and faster to increase planting rates,” Michael Gove, the environment secretary, said in a statement.

Trees absorb carbon dioxide making them vital in the fight against climate change. Their presence in towns and cities can also absorb noise, reduce flood risk, and create green spaces associated with better health and well being.

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