Forest for Cornwall – planting to begin in November

Cornwall Council’s ambitious plan to develop a Forest for Cornwall will take a step forward when planting begins next month.

The plan, spearhead by Liberal Democrats on the council, will see tree cover increase across Cornwall, ultimately covering about 2% of the duchy’s land area. The first phase will be funded and coordinated by Cornwall Council. Parish and town councils, community groups, local businesses and charities are all encouraged to get involved.

Commenting, Ruth Gripper said:

“There’s been a really positive reception to the Forest for Cornwall, and I think it’s something that local people will want to get behind.

“Surprisingly for a place that cares so much about the natural environment, access to woodland in Cornwall is quite low compared with other parts of the UK. So, as well as being good for the environment, this should also give people better access to the great outdoors.”

Planting will begin at a launch of event on 29th November as part of National Tree Week.

The first phase from 2019 to 2021 will be core funded and coordinated by Cornwall Council to help catalyse the longer-term partnership programme.

You can sign Ruth Gripper’s Back the Forest pledge and get news and updates at

You can find more about the Forest for Cornwall at the council’s web site here.

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