North East Community Forest annual report

Our annual update on how we have performed in the previous year.

The North East Community Forest celebrated a successful 2022 to 2023 planting season after 85.83 hectares of woodland – the equivalent of 70 football pitches – were planted across Newcastle, Gateshead, North and South Tyneside, Sunderland and urban areas of County Durham.

A total of 1,577 linear metres of hedgerows were also planted between November and March, while a further 17 hectares of open space was created.

Almost 1,200 volunteers supported the cause by rolling up their sleeves and taking part in 58 events, helping to plant 12,078 trees.

The increase in tree cover will bring many benefits to communities, including providing homes for wildlife, bringing people closer to nature, having a positive impact on people’s health and wellbeing and contributing to efforts to tackle climate change.

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Previous annual reports

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