'Woodlands for Water' initiative announced by Defra

The Woodlands for Water’ project aims to create 3,150 hectares of trees in six river catchment areas from Devon to Cumbria by March 2025. 

Farmers and landowners will be able to apply for funding through the England Woodland Creation Offer’ grant which provides greater financial incentives for landowners and farmers to plant and manage trees, including along rivers and watercourses.

The project will be carried out by the Riverscapes’ Partnership, comprising of the Rivers Trust, National Trust, Woodland Trust and Beaver Trust. 

Eligibility for project funding under this programme is limited to the National Trust estate in England plus six
river catchments, also in England only:

- Taw and Torridge (Devon and Somerset); 
- Tamar and Fowey (Devon and Cornwall); 
- Bure, Glaven, Stiffkey,Wensum, Heacham, Lark, Gaywood and Wissey (Norfolk); 
- Eden and Derwent (Cumbria); 
- Teme (Shropshire and Worcestershire); 
- Wye and Usk (Gloucestershire and Herefordshire).

For information about why trees are good for rivers, check out our trees and rivers page and this blog post by WTT Research and Conservation Officer, Professor Jonny Grey. 

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