New forest to create a 'green corridor' through Meriden Gap - The Solihull Observer
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17th Aug, 2022

New forest to create a 'green corridor' through Meriden Gap

PLANS to create a new forest in Solihull have been revealed.

To be called Arden Forest, the aim is to create a diverse and continuous green corridor through the borough and the Meriden Gap.

It follows on from the borough council’s Climate Change Prospectus and the ‘Planting Our Future’ campaign, which aims to see at least 250,000 trees planted in the borough over the next 10 years.

“Given the Government and West Midlands Combined Authority’s agenda on reforestation and enhancing natural capital, the time is right to set out a vision for a green and biodiverse future for Solihull’s green belt to benefit future generations,” said Councillor Andy Mackiewicz, Solihull’s Cabinet Member for Climate Change, Planning and Housing.

The project is also aimed at dealing with air pollution, carbon capture and habitat creation through re-wilding.

To achieve this vision the council has pledged to work closely with residents and landowners to explore opportunities for tree planting and re-wilding.

Arden Forest also comes as a response to how everyone has embraced the natural world over the past 10 months.

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