New 600,000-tree woodland scheme proposed in Northumberland
As reported by the Confederation of Forest Industries (Confor), a new project to plant more than 600,000 trees in Doddington North Moor near Wooler, Northumberland, was officially launched at The Glendale Show.
If approved, the plan would create the largest new private sector woodland in England for more than 20 years, extending the habitats favoured by red squirrels and helping to prevent future flood risks. Moreover, the new woodland would sequester over 130,000 tonnes of CO2.
The project would also bring remarkable benefits to the forestry and timber processing industry in the Northumberland area. Indeed the Doddington North woodland scheme is designed to create and support local businesses and employment, from the establishment phase of the forest through to harvesting when the trees are mature.
Andy Howard, project manager, said: “Our proposal to plant over 600,000 new trees on a 354-hectare site (3.54 square km) is an exciting step forward for much-needed new forestry planting in England. New productive woodlands have a very different set of standards we must comply with nowadays, the UK Forestry Standard, and our design for the Doddington North wood can provide a very diverse ecology with a wide range of species of tree, plant, bird and animal life supported.”
Stuart Goodall, Chief Executive of Confor added: “The Doddington site is ideally suited to a modern, mixed woodland that will sit well in the landscape, deliver wood to support local jobs and create more places for wildlife. It will also make a significant contribution to the UK’s climate change reduction targets by locking up carbon in the trees."
Anne-Marie Trevelyan, MP for Berwick-upon-Tweed and Vice-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Forestry, said:"This is an excellent example of the kind of thoughtful, modern, multi-benefit forestry which we need in our rural areas. It will provide a significant supply of timber to support local businesses, as well as promoting wildlife habitats and contributing to reducing future flood risks. I have often stressed that if we drive up tree-planting as part of natural flood management schemes, we can have a major impact on reducing future flood risk. We are making progress in that area, but need to do much more."
The launch of the scheme at the Glendale Show represented the start of the public consultation process for assessing whether the project can gain consent from Forestry Commission England. The next major event in that process is an open public meeting to be held on Tuesday 18th October at The Black Bull, High Street, Wooler.
Further information on the proposed new woodland can be found at www.doddingtonnorth.org.