Successful Green Recovery Challenge Fund projects announced

With £80 million available for nature conservation, recovery and nature-based solutions, the Green Recovery Challenge Fund will see the establishment of almost one million trees in England, supporting 2,500 jobs. Following on from the first round in December 2020, a further 90 projects have been successful in the second round, with grants ranging from £68,100 to £1,950,000.

The £40 million available for the second round will help a wide-range of projects in over 600 sites across the country, from wetland restoration and green corridors, to community forestry and urban tree planting.

Forestry Commission Chair Sir William Worsley said:

“This funding will help deliver thousands more trees and help us achieve our target of trebling tree planting rates in England by the end of the Parliament. We need to work towards net zero emissions by 2050; to address biodiversity loss; to better connect people with nature; and to create more green jobs in doing so. Trees are central to this and the projects being awarded these grants will have a hugely important role in helping us realise these objectives.”

The successful projects include funding for Urban Green Newcastle and Northumberland Wildlife Trust, Trees for Cities, the Community Forest Trust and Chester Zoo.

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