The Woodland Trust and the community forests in the north – The Mersey Forest, City of Trees, White Rose Forest and HEYwoods – are working together to take the Northern Forest from concept to reality.
We estimate that it will cost £500 million to develop the Northern Forest over the next 25 years. It sounds like a lot, but compared to other major infrastructure schemes, it’s a modest investment that is set to deliver unbeatable value for money. It is expected that the Northern Forest will generate around £2.5 billion worth of social, economic and environmental benefits – a five-fold return on investment.
Looking for funding to plant?
If you want to deliver large scale woodland as part of the Northern Forest, the Partnership Innovation Fund might be for you. The Fund supports woodland creation of three hectares or more where innovation, especially financial or enhanced mechanisms or models that can deliver woodland creation at scale, are at the heart of the programme Visit the Get involved page for more information.
If you are able to support the Northern Forest in another way, we’d love to hear from you. We’re currently looking for vital funding from a wide range of sources – including grants, donations and sponsorship – to complement the government’s initial £5.7 million to kick start the project.
The Northern Forest will provide new opportunities to invest in the region’s natural capital, helping to deliver greater benefits for residents, businesses and nature.
You can be part of this incredible project and help to deliver the Northern Forest – whether as a financial supporter, landowner, partner, or in any other way.
The time is now. If you want to invest in the Northern Forest, please get in touch with the Woodland Trust or your local community forest:
Merseyside and North Cheshire: The Mersey Forest