Her Majesty’s government caught doing something sensible, shock!

And it doesn't involve killing anyone, going bankrupt, drugging your kids or taxing you into penury!


The following is as press release from the government. We never thought we would be publishing one of those! You can find the original here.

It was issued in May 2019. As you will see, it is a declaration of the government’s intent to assist the reforestation of the country with a £10m fund to plant 130, 000 trees in urban areas.

While we do not buy into the climate change hysteria that is currently in vogue – no matter how frequently the word “climate change” is repeated in the media  – we do heartily support efforts to take care of the environment. It is self evidently a rational undertaking with multifarious benefits not just for our own survival but for the survival in good shape of the planetary home of all the generations to come. This is something that should be done for blood whether we have an emergency or not – if only to PREVENT an emergency from happening.

It is also good to see the government actually doing something creative and positive instead of taxing the citizenry into penury, drugging children, going bankrupt, waging stupid wars, bankrolling psychiatry, acting as a front group for the globalists and so on.

Credit where it is due. This is a good thing that should be validated. Of course, it needs to be expanded a hundredfold but it’s a start that should be encouraged. Hence we find ourselves featuring a government press release. Maybe the day will come when the government is doing so many good works to back up and help the citizenry in its efforts to survive that we’ll be featuring a regular stream of the ruddy things. . . . Steve

Government delivers new £10m fund to plant over 130,000 urban trees

Environment Secretary Michael Gove announces grants will be made available over the next two years to green town and city spaces.

A line of large trees lining a an urban road with autumn foliage.
Urban trees.

A new £10 million plan will see more than 130,000 trees planted across England’s towns and cities, Environment Secretary Michael Gove announced today.

Through the Urban Tree Challenge Fund, grants will be made available over the next two years to green urban areas and help meet the government’s target to plant one million urban trees by 2022.

Planting more trees is crucial in the fight against climate change, because trees store carbon and can help make our towns and cities more resilient. Trees in urban areas improve health and wellbeing, connect people with the outdoors, absorb noise, reduce flood risk, lower temperatures through shading, and create green spaces for communities to come together.

The scheme, which will be administered by the Forestry Commission, will be open to individuals, local authorities, charities and NGOs. Grants will fund the planting of trees and the first three years of their care to ensure they can flourish into the future.

Environment Secretary Michael Gove said:

Trees are vital in the fight against climate change, which is why we must go further and faster to increase planting rates.

We need trees lining the streets of our cities and towns, not only to green and shade them but to ensure that we remain connected to the wonders of the natural world and the health and wellbeing benefits that it brings us.

Government Tree Champion Sir William Worsley said:

Trees are the lifeblood of our nation, and it is more important than ever to ensure they are rooted not only in our countryside, but in our towns and cities too.

The benefits of planting urban trees are endless, and I encourage anyone with the ability to apply for this fund to get involved and help green our towns and cities.

The grant will be delivered as a challenge fund, and therefore requires match funding from those who apply.

The scheme will support projects which can provide the greatest environmental and social benefits, and applications will be processed by the Forestry Commission. A map will be available to check eligibility before applying.

Forestry Commission Chair Sir Harry Studholme said:

I am delighted the Forestry Commission have been asked to deliver the Urban Tree Challenge Fund. The fund is an important part of the work that the Forestry Commission is doing to expand England’s tree and woodland cover.

It allows us to plant more trees much closer to where people live and work, and where the many benefits of trees make the most difference. We look forward to lots of new planting happening this Autumn.

Chair of England’s Community Forests and Director of The Mersey Forest, Paul Nolan said:

There is an increasing understanding of the role that trees and woodlands play in helping to make our towns and cities better places for people and nature to thrive.

We need to be planting many more trees over the next 25 years, and England’s Community Forests welcome this new investment that is being announced by the government.

The launch of the fund forms part of the government’s Year of Green Action, a year-long drive to help people to connect with, protect and enhance nature. This commitment forms part of the government’s 25 Year Environment Planto instill a legacy for the future, with a focus on children and young people.

Earlier this year the government consulted on a raft of forestry measureswhich included proposals to ensure communities have their say on whether street trees should be felled, with legislation to be brought forward later this year.

The government is committed to growing woodland cover, and this year we will consult on a new English Tree Strategy to accelerate woodland creation and introduce a flagship Environment Bill to address the biggest environmental priorities of our age.

The fund will be open this week for applications.


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