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New Community Forest created in the North East to support a greener future

Defra, England Community Forests and local councils across the North East area are today announcing the creation of a new Community Forest to bring people closer to nature in the North East. 

Thousands of trees will be planted in the first year – up to 25ha, or around 35 football pitches – thanks to £480,000 in funding from Defra’s Nature for Climate Fund. 

The North East Community Forest Partnership involves Newcastle City Council, Durham County Council, Gateshead Council, North Tyneside Council, South Tyneside Council, and Sunderland City Council. They are supported by Northumberland County Council, which runs the Great Northumberland Forest; the North of Tyne and North East combined authorities; the Woodland Trust, Wildlife Trusts, Forestry Commission England, Natural England, Environment Agency and National Trust; and the North East England Climate Coalition, North East England Nature Partnership and Groundwork.