9 million trees have been planted to create the National Forest in the Midlands

30 years ago, the first tree was planted to rebuild a destroyed landscape into a majestic forest in the heart of England. It was the first forest to be created at scale in England for more than 1000 years.

Now it covers 200 square miles across three counties, linking the two ancient woodlands of Charnwood and Needwood. The land before was scarred by centuries of mining however, it has now been transformed. Plenty, old coal mines and quarries have been repurposed as parks and nature reserves and 5,000 jobs have been created in the process.

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