Planting Trees To Recreate Ancient Woodlands
The Woodland Trust is taking on an ambitious reforestation project in the UK. The organization plans to plant 600,000 trees on an 800 acre site near St Albans in Hertfordshire county (about 22 miles North of London). This would be the largest continuous native forest ever found in the country.
According to the BBC “England has lost half its ancient woodland to development, agriculture or conifer woods since the 1930s”. The new trees that have been planted are mostly non-native trees planted for commercial purposes only. A native forest of this size has never been created in England before, and could take shape within 12 years.The Woodland Trust is a charity that is dedicated to preserving the UK's woodland heritage for environmental, scientific and recreational pursuits.