Published: 21st May 2019

Environment secretary Michael Gove has announced the launch of a new £10 million fund to plant more than 130,000 trees across towns and cities in England. The Urban Tree Challenge Fund will be open to individuals, local authorities, charities and community groups to plant trees in urban areas. The scheme itself will be administered by the Forestry Commission and according to the government, will support projects which can provide the greatest environmental and social benefits. Trees in urban areas can help improve health and wellbeing, connect people with the outdoors, absorb noise, reduce flood risk, lower temperatures through shading, and create green spaces for communities to come together. The fund will be open this week for applications. The launch of the fund forms part of the government’s Year of Green Action, a year-long drive to help people to connect with, protect and enhance nature. It also forms part of the government’s 25 … (To read the full article, subscribe below)