Over the last 30 years, 9 million trees have been planted across the Midlands, United Kingdom, to create the first forest of such scale in England in 1000 years!
The National Forest covers some 200 square miles of coal mines and quarries converted to parks and nature reserves that created some 5,000 jobs. And it’s even inspired a new project: the North East Community Forest with an aim to plant up to 500 hectares of trees by 2025 in order to cover 30% more of the north-east of England by 2050.
A future plan for the National Forest includes a National Memorial Arboretum, a 10-hectare wood dedicated to those who lost their lives to the COVID-19 pandemic. Throughout Europe, between 1990 and 2010, some 11 million hectares of forest covered the territory, and from 2015 to 2020, $9.6 billion was invested in forestry projects, including 27% in reforestation, 18% in forest resilience, and 18% in damage prevention.