120 cross-party northern leaders and MPs have joined Mary Creagh, Chair of Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee, to support the growth of the Northern Forest.

The Northern Forest will see 50 million trees planted over the next 25 years in the North of England by the Woodland Trust and their partners, with more than 600,000 already in the ground. The forest will span 120 miles, connecting the towns and cities of Liverpool, Manchester and Lancaster to the West and Sheffield, Leeds and Hull to the East, benefiting 13 million residents and generating £2.5 billion in social, economic, and environmental benefits.

The letter asks for the Prime Minister’s commitment to deliver the Northern Forest and look at opportunities that support the development of green investment models. The letter also includes an invitation to the Prime Minister to visit the North to plant a tree.

Mary Creagh MP said:

“Trees are our best tool in the fight against climate breakdown and the only proven way to capture and store carbon.

“In 2011 I stopped the Government from selling off England’s forests. But tree planting in England is at a historic low. I am backing The Woodland Trust’s Northern Forest project to plant 50m trees from Liverpool to Hull.

“The Government has promised net zero emissions by 2050, but have yet to say how they will achieve it. We need actions, not words, to avoid irreversible damage to our environment and to protect our children’s future. Committing to this project will show the Government are taking their promise seriously.”

Read the full letter here: https://www.facebook.com/marycreaghwakefield/posts/2448071521896172

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