Heather Wheeler MP welcomes the National Forest becoming a role model for the rest of the UK.

“As we all know climate change is a very real threat, one we must tackle now. The rise in Co2 emissions is a problem the Government is committed to addressing. One way we can start to improve air quality and protect and improve natural habitats for wildlife is by planting more trees, creating a greener environment.

At a National Forest event in the House of Commons I had the pleasure of speaking to the Chief Executive, John Everitt, and hearing about the work they have already done and how they are being used as a green print for the future.

The National forest is an integral part of South Derbyshire but it also pans across other parts of Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Staffordshire. 8.9 million trees have already been planted over the last 25 years, attracting £1billion of investment. The Government wants 12% of the UK to be covered by trees by 2060 as it aims to cut emissions, reduce waste and create a greener economy.

By using the National Forest as a model for tree-planting and doing more to protect the environment we will not only improve air quality, reduce carbon and protect wildlife, but will also help improve our own health and wellbeing. Here in South Derbyshire we are lucky to have such beautiful, natural scenery on our doorstep. I’m delighted it is being used as a model for the rest of the UK, paving the way to a greener, healthier and more sustainable future for all. I could not be prouder that our National Forest is going to have such a lasting impact around our country.”