Cleator Moor 'community forest' planned

Cleator Moor
A forest could be planted in Cleator Moor if Cumberland Council's plans are approved

A new forest could be planted in a town in a bid to create a haven for wildlife and help tackle climate change.

Cumberland Council is consulting with locals on plans for the "community forest" proposed for Cleator Moor in Cumbria.

The authority said it would bring "numerous benefits" including diverse wildlife and space for leisure activities.

An online survey about the development will close on 4 December.

Plans suggest open spaces will be created in the forest along with "pollinator zones", which will provide food for bees.

It will also be accessible with pathways created.

Denise Rollo, executive member for sustainable, resilient and connected places, said: "Trees and woodlands are vital in our fight against climate change.

"The community forest will not only help with decarbonisation but will also give the local community more opportunities to enjoy nature on their doorstep.

"It will also be somewhere that the locals will be able to use for day-to-day activities, which has great benefits for physical and mental health."

A drop-in consultation will take place at Wath Brow Hornets Rugby Club between 13:00 and 19:00 GMT on 13 November.

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