The Isle of Man is creating a new woodland, the “People’s Wood”, where one tree for every person living on the island will be planted in 2020.
The new woodland, which will be located east of the island in Meary Veg in Santon, will contain 85,000 trees. The ground preparation and tree planting will begin in 2020 and is expected to be completed by late 2021.
The idea is for the seeds to be grown in nurseries both in the Isle of Man and across the UK in order to involve local communities in the process.
The project is part of the Isle of Man’s government commitment to reach net-zero carbon emissions.
The Isle of Man’s chief minister Howard Quayle said: “We recognised a climate change emergency and governments must take action.”
The “People’s Wood” will be planted with as many locally grown broadleaf trees as possible, such as oak, birch, and hornbeam, becoming a new home for wildlife.
The new forest, which is being funded by both public and private sectors, will also be connecting to walking, cycling, and horse riding trails.
An independent project manager with experience in delivering large scale forest planting will be appointed to oversee the work for a period spanning at least three years.
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