Local authorities are crucial for delivery
Local authorities will also be central to the successful delivery of the Forest. So we were pleased to be joined by Leeds City Council leader Judith Blake, who focused her remarks on the importance of trees to Leeds as a natural flood management solution.
Judith recalled the devastating floods which hit the city on Boxing Day 2015.
Remarkably, an entire housing estate had been protected thanks to the presence of urban trees! With real-life examples such as this it is essential that trees form part of the business case for all new developments.
Making the Northern Forest a reality
The challenge now is to turn all these warm words into practical action. The Labour mayors of the Liverpool City Region and Greater Manchester, Steve Rotheram and Andy Burnham, pledged their support at the event, and both had strong pro-tree policies in their election manifestos.
We’ll continue to lobby for Labour nationally to adopt a tree planting target, something which was absent from its new environment policy, ‘The Green Transformation’.
We're still at the foothills of this 25 year project. If you would like to get involved – whether as a financial donor, landowner, partner, or in any other way – please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a bottom-up initiative and only with everyone doing their bit will we be able to secure this fabulous legacy for future generations.