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Our Future Canopy

Our Future Canopy

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Published by Steve Connor
A manifesto published in the Northwest of England proposing a doubling of woodland cover to cut carbon emissions, create jobs and enhance our natural environment.
A manifesto published in the Northwest of England proposing a doubling of woodland cover to cut carbon emissions, create jobs and enhance our natural environment.

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Published by: Steve Connor on Aug 17, 2011
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OUR FUTURE CANOPY
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OUR
 
FUTURE
 
CANOPY 
 A FORESTRY MANIFESTOFOR ENGLAND”SNORTHWESTMAY 2011
 
Developed by the NorthwestForestry Forum partners from 2008onwards, our manifesto haswidespread regional support andencompasses the following aims:
TREES
We will radically increase treeplanting and double woodlandcover.
CITIES
We will bring a cool green revolutionto our towns and cities.
CLIMATE
 
We will cut carbon and get ready forclimate change.
WOOD
We will produce more timber anduse more timber.
JOBS
 
We will support green jobs andgreen skills.
HAPPINESS
We will help to create healthier andhappier communities.
BEAUTY 
 
We will transform our region’simage, from the fieldto thecity.
FEBRUARY 2011
OUR FUTURE CANOPY
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INTRODUCTIONImagine,
 
for
 
a
 
moment,
 
asking
 
a
 
team
 
of
 
gifted
 
engineers
 
to
 
invent
 
a
 
single
 
device
 
that
 
could
 
absorb
 
and
 
then
 
lock
 
up
 
carbon,
 
provide
 
a
 
carbon
 
neutral
 
building
 
material
 
or
 
energy 
 
source,
 
help
 
stabilise
 
vulnerable
 
soils,
 
provide
 
a
 
flood
 
management
 
system
 
and
 
offer
 
a
 
source
 
of
 
shade
 
and
 
cooling
 
as
 
the
 
planet’s
 
temperatures
 
begin
 
to
 
rise.
 
 And then imagine asking them tomake it a beautiful and inspiringobject too, one that created awildlife habitat and pollution filter, toboot, an object that made virtuallyevery human being feel happier. Across England’s Northwest wehave a singular opportunity: toplace trees and woodland centrestage in our region’s future. Wewant to double our regionalwoodland cover by 2050 and in theprocess deliver a greener, lowercarbon and more prosperous futureto forthcoming generations.This bold ambition is the focus ofour Forestry Manifesto and is borneout of a desire to tackle climatechange head on, to improve ourregion’s image, provide a richer andmore accessible naturalenvironment and to create genuineopportunities for job creation andenterprise.Our forestry manifesto covers thewhole of the Northwest region:Cheshire, Cumbria, GreaterManchester, Lancashire andMerseyside. It fuses both urban andrural issues (an unhelpful schism inthese convergent times) andunashamedly retains a
 regional 
 focus, as so many of the issues ittouches upon connect our cities,towns, communities and landscapestogether.
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