Two in one: UK green revolution to plant one million trees AND create 2,500 jobs

Two in one: UK green revolution to plant one million trees AND create 2,500 jobs

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Ninety projects are to share the pot, which aims to create 2,500 jobs and restore our natural world to full glory.

The cash will pay to train young people and help offset the hazards of climate change, including floods and heatwaves.

Announcing the cash injection — part of the Green Recovery Challenge Fund — the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said the 90 projects would span more than 600 sites.

Among those being backed are a wetland conservation group in Somerset, and Chester Zoo. The zoo will use its £990,000 windfall to restore wetlands, grasslands and wildflower meadows for the community.

Charity Trees for Cities received £1,230,000. It intends to plant 55,000 trees across 83 locations and offer training opportunities to 16-24-year-olds.

Bringing the Buzz Back to the City, run by Urban Green Newcastle and Northumberland Wildlife Trust, will use its award of £697,800 to create 45 nature sites.

It also wants to offer traineeships to young offenders.

In February, the Daily Express launched a crusade calling on the Government to scrap VAT on green products and make more space for nature. Yesterday Environment Minister Rebecca Pow said the £40million “will help environmental organisations employ more people to work on planting, nature restoration and, crucially, help the public to enjoy the outdoors”.

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