Council announced new funding for micro woods - The Coventry Observer

Council announced new funding for micro woods

Holly Clement 29th Jun, 2024 Updated: 30th Jun, 2024   0

GREEN-fingered community groups in Warwickshire are set to receive extra support as Warwickshire County Council announces new funding opportunities for the creation of community orchards and micro woods throughout the county.

This scheme, funded by Defra’s Coronation Heritage Living Fund (CLHF), empowers residents to plant a lasting tribute within their local communities while fostering a more sustainable environment in Warwickshire.

Coun Heather Timms, Warwickshire County Council portfolio holder for environment, climate and culture said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for communities to come together and create a lasting legacy for future generations.

“These projects will not only provide beautiful spaces for residents to enjoy but also contribute to a more sustainable county by increasing biodiversity and improving air quality.

“It aligns perfectly with our commitment to creating a Warwickshire that is not only beautiful but also sustainable, both now and for future generations.”

The Fruitful Pursuits Community Orchards project aims to reverse the decline of traditional orchards by enabling communities to plant a variety of fruit trees in underused green spaces.

These community orchards offer numerous benefits beyond providing access to fresh fruit.

They support wildlife, promote natural land management, and serve as a hub for residents to connect, engage in community activities, and enjoy a unique learning environment.

Schools and community groups can explore wildlife, planting, and tree maintenance, fostering a hands-on educational experience.

In addition to orchards, the scheme promotes the creation of Community Micro Woods.

Inspired by the planting method of Japanese botanist Dr. Akira Miyawaki, these miniature woodlands utilise mixed native species planted at high density to create a natural growth pattern in urban areas.

Micro Woods increase tree canopy cover, contributing significantly to Warwickshire’s overall tree cover.

Unlike many traditional planting methods, these woods require minimal maintenance after their initial establishment and are less vulnerable to vandalism.

Applications for the 2024/25 planting season are now open.


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