As a result of the Carbon Sink Forestry Feasibility Study and workshop from 2010 The Forests for Life Rockingham Project is under way, having been successful in attracting funding from Defra (via the Forestry Commission) to establish innovative new ways of creating woodland and working together.
Strategic planning and negotiations for the Rockingham Forest for Life project continue in the face of uncertainties in the carbon market situation. At a more practical level the planting of a further 6.6 ha has been completed with some 15.000 trees planted at 2 sites in the Rockingham Forest, just north of Kettering. The new planting fills a gap in Weekley Hall wood creating a continuous block woodland covering over 160 ha. The planting is a mix of native broadleaf trees including Oak, Beech and Hazel and provides a range of environmental and landscape benefits. RNRP are in the process of collating information from other groups to create a more complete picture of woodland creation and enhancement in the RFfL area and the steering group for this project will meet early in June to discuss opportunities for planting in the coming season.
The regeneration of the Rockingham Forest will raise awareness of a wide range of environmental and related issues and be fully supported locally. By 2025, the Forest for Life will be nationally recognised as an exemplar climate change initiative for the regeneration of the Rockingham Forest. It will be an innovative and purposeful means of bringing businesses and communities together around a common cause. It will make the area more resilient and contribute to it being one of the most attractive landscapes in England to live in, work in and visit.
Grants are now available for landowners wishing to plant trees and create woodland in the Rockingham Forest Area. [ 230KB ]
River Nene Regional Park is currently looking to contact local businesses with a corporate offer for woodland planting in the Rockingham area. [ 159KB ]
A woodland opportunity map was begun in 2013 with the aim of identifying priority locations for the creation of new woodland, and also to highlight areas where woodland creation would be detrimental. The first phase of the map prioritises the areas surrounding and linking existing woodlands, as the expansion and connecting of woodlands is likely to have the greatest benefits for biodiversity, landscape character and recreation. More detail is available in the PDF which is available to download. The maps can be viewed at http://maps.northamptonshire.gov.uk [ 1MB ]
A flow chart of the benefits to business in relation to Woodland Creation. [ 662KB ]
The regeneration of the Rockingham Forest will raise awareness of a wide range of environmental and related issues and be fully supported locally. [ 36KB ]
An update on the latest activity on the Forest for Life Rockingham project can be found in the new Summer 2014 Newsletter. Please share this link with anyone you feel it may be of interest to. [ 2MB ]
Proposals to work in partnership with the private sector to plant 80 ha a year of new woodland through the Rockingham Forest for Life initiative. [ 139KB ]
Rockingham Forest for Life - Corporate Business Event Update: Business support for local approach to tackle global climate issue [ 143KB ]
The River Nene Regional Park CIC, in partnership with the Groundwork Northamptonshire and the Woodland Trust is very pleased to promote a community planting day as part of their Forests for Life initiative.