A new initiative has been launched to tackle flooding across England by planting more trees. The Environment Agency has joined forces with the Forestry Commission for a scheme that supports woodland planting in areas across Yorkshire and the North-East at greatest risk of flooding and water pollution.
Woodlands for Water is the first program of its kind in England and aims to help landowners access grants and, with the assistance of forestry experts, plan new woodlands that will help mitigate downstream flooding and improve the quality of rivers.
The partnership has produced opportunity maps that show where woodland could be created to help with flood risk mitigation if those landowners are willing.
Trees also help cities manage surface water runoff and groundwater. They also help filter the air and shelter buildings from extreme heat, cold and wind.