Sophie Dwerryhouse, Regional Director for the CLA Midlands attended the National Forest Company Parliamentary Reception for the launch of their new report.
Hosted by Lord Duncan of Springbank, the event showcased the work and progress of the National Forest Company, celebrating the efforts of colleagues and partners who have contributed so much. Attendees enjoyed hearing from Chief Executive John Everitt and the new Forestry Minister, Rebecca Pow MP.
The National Forest, the first forest created at scale in England in over 1000 years, comprises of 200 square miles of mixed habitat forest with 9 million trees planted to date, spanning across parts of Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Staffordshire.
Through woodland creation, the introduction of new habitats for wildlife such as meadows, hedgerows and wetlands have been created with the help of landowners and farmers who have been supported by the company.
The new report ‘Planting Hope’, looks at the effect of tree planting on the climate crisis, how The National Forest has grown and what the future looks like for the area.
It was an honour to be invited to the National Forest Company Parliamentary Reception for the launch of their report. It was an insightful opportunity to hear from those involved about their work so far and learn more about the plans for the future. The National Forest is an asset to our region and it was clear from those speaking how much they value the relationship between the Company and farmers and landowners, what is being achieved and can be achieved in the future.