The Severn Treescapes Project has been awarded a grant of £498,902 from the Trees Call to Action Fund, led by DEFRA, the Forestry Commission and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
Severn Treescapes will create a 60 mile corridor of enhanced tree cover to connect two of England's largest semi natural woodlands, crossing Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire. The corridor will stretch from the Lower Wye Valley and Forest of Dean in the south to the Wyre Forest in the north.
This project will build on remaining pockets of ancient woodland to create a climate-resilient landscape, all within 30 miles of around eight million people.
The funding will enable the Gloucestershire, Worcestershire and Herefordshire wildlife trust s to provide a team of advisers, as well as events, best practice visits, community engagement opportunities, grants advice and applications assistance.
The advisers will be on hand to support land managers, farmers and communities to access funding to plant and/or grow and manage woodlands and trees across this landscape. Advice on managing and improving existing woodland and hedgerows will also be available.