THE COUNTY Council has agreed the council will lead the Cumbria Coastal Community Forest project and work in collaboration and partnership with Cumbria Woodlands, The National Trust, local councils and partners.

The County Council will receive funds on behalf of Cumbria woodlands and will manage the programme to enable delivery of the Cumbria Coastal Community Forest.

The development of a new coastal community forest in Cumbria was given the green light by Defra last month during National Tree Week with a £220,000 boost from Defra’s Nature for Climate Fund to kickstart planting. This funding will see the equivalent of one tree planted for every resident in Barrow, Copeland and Allerdale.

Councillor Celia Tibble, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “I am delighted that the county council will lead on this exciting initiative as the accountable body. By enabling this ambitious project, we can help connect our residents and local communities to local nature without the need to travel whilst also significantly contributing to climate change adaptation and mitigation.

“The new community forest will not only benefit Cumbria environmentally and economically but provide far reaching physical and mental health benefits for our communities too."