Humber Forest relaunched with ceremonial tree planting in Beverley
Fri, 01 Apr 2022

Humber Forest (previously known as HEYwoods) have celebrated their relaunch at one of their many tree planting projects in the East Riding area.

The project, which was brought forward by the Beverley Civic society and led by local charity The Conservation Volunteers, saw the planting of 1050 trees at the Archery Fields, Beverley. Planting was assisted by volunteers from the local community and children from Beverley Minster Primary School.

Also in attendance to celebrate the relaunch and helping with the planting was Crispin Thorn, Forestry Commission Area Director for Yorkshire and North East and representatives from Defra (Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs).

HM Lord-Lieutenant of East Riding of Yorkshire, Jim Dick OBE was present as the Queen's personal representative, as the site will be used to contribute to The Queens Green Canopy. The QGC is a UK-wide tree planting initiative which encourages people to plant a tree to commemorate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee this year.

Humber Forest partners The Forestry Commission, The Woodland Trust and many more attended the planting and the public "drop in" session that allowed anyone to come and ask any questions they have about community forestry, woodland creation and tree planting.

The Humber Forest is not a single 'forest' covering an area, but the collection of many trees, woodlands and hedgerows across the East Riding of Yorkshire and Hull.

Previously known as HEYwoods, Humber Forest works together with communities, businesses, and landowners to increase tree cover and maintain existing woodland. It connects people and woodlands for happier and healthier communities, helping tackle climate change, and improving the local environment for all.  It provides advice and guidance, access to funding, and project support for landowners, businesses and communities wanting to plant trees, woodlands, and hedgerows in the area.

Humber Forest partners with both East Riding of Yorkshire and Hull City Councils, Defra, The Forestry Commission, The Woodland Trust, The Community Forest Trust and others to create a 'one team approach' to tree-planting projects.

This planting season, Humber Forest will have funded the planting of 72,320 trees within woodlands and hedgerows on 48 sites (18.81 hectares of woodland, 3527metres of hedgerow, 125 standards, total area planted this year 21.4ha).

Next year, the scheme aims to plant 90 hectares of hedgerow and woodland across Hull and the East Riding. This will equal around 270,000 trees.

Leah Hallas, the Humber Forest manager, said: "The new rebrand brings the community forest in line with our ambitions and targets for the future years. HEYwoods was our roots, but with a brand-new team, we have grown into something new and exciting."

For anyone who would be interested in planting on their land, or who would like to find out more information, please visit www.humberforest.org or contact humber.forest@eastriding.gov.uk


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