UK to plant coast-to-coast forest

With just 13 percent of its surface area covered in woodlands, the UK is the least leafy country in the European Union, ZME Science reported.

The situation is even more dire in England, where tree cover is less than eight percent. Now, the government plans to reverse centuries of industrial and agricultural exploitation. To cover ground fast, the UK has an ambitious plan that will see a huge new forest span the country from coast to coast.

The new so-called Northern Forest will stretch over a 62,000-acre patchwork along a 120-mile strip, ultimately becoming home to 50 million trees and countless wildlife forms.

The new green belt will stretch from Hull to Liverpool, and will reportedly cost British taxpayers GBP 500 million over 25 years, of which GBP 5.7 million have already been awarded.

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