200,000 trees planted in West Midlands virtual forest - The Coventry Observer

17th Aug, 2022

200,000 trees planted in West Midlands virtual forest

Sarah Mason 19th Jun, 2022

RESIDENTS, volunteers and councillors across the region have planted more than 200,000 trees in the Virtual Forest.

Since January 2020, West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has been calling on green-fingered people to get involved in tree planting through its initiative to plant a tree for every resident across the region to help tackle the climate emergency.

Severn Trent have been a major contributor to this milestone, planting 72 Tiny Forests – one to represent each Commonwealth nation or territory taking part in Birmingham 2022.

Most recently, over 2,000 people from schools and local communities took part in Severn Trent’s Tiny Forest planting day with 44,400 trees being planted.

The Virtual Forest was launched at the same time as #WM2041 which is WMCA’s plan to be achieve net zero carbon by 2041.

This target for the region will support the delivery of the government’s national target to achieve net zero carbon by 2050 while leaving no-one behind.

The announcement of the 200,000 milestone also falls on World Environment Day (June 5), an annual day by the United Nations to encourage awareness and action for the protection of the environment.

WMCA is encouraging as many people as possible to register their trees to continue to see progress towards a greener West Midlands.

For more visit https://www.wmvirtualforest.co.uk/.

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