|Rockingham Forest for Life|
As a result of the Carbon Sink Forestry Feasibility Study and workshop from 2010 The Rockingham Forest for Life 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.
The River Nene Regional Park has been tasked to co-ordinate delivery of the first phase of the project, which is to establish a robust methodology to deliver significant areas of new woodland within the Rockingham Forest area as a local response to climate change. This will contribute to part of Northamptonshire's share of the aspirations set out in the UK Low Carbon Transition Plan (around 80ha per year) and will eventually lead to measureable carbon abatement over a 15 year period. The methodology will pilot an innovative partnership approach embracing public, private, third sector and community involvement, making a break with traditional public funding methods and pioneer part or wholly privately funded establishment models. The Project has so far received wide support and backing, including from local landowners and businesses, including the offer of planting sites.
A steering group has been established to decide on objectives. Partners include: North Northants Joint Planning Unit; Forestry Commission, Natural England, Environment Agency, Northamptonshire County Council, River Nene Regional Park, Groundwork Northamptonshire, Rockingham Forest Trust, Northants Wildlife Trust, North Northants Landowners, Woodland Trust, Northants ACRE
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.
News and Events
Rockingham Forest for Life Carbon Sink Forestry Report, July 2012
The final Report is now available to download and can be found in the Documents area of the RFfL Project page
Rockingham Forest for Life new Planting Site, March 2012
The Rockingham Forest for Life project has been able to establish it's first planting site at the Boughton Estate near Kettering.
Rockingham Forest for Life in British Farmer & Grower
Corporate breakfast event, 15th July 2011
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The event feedback and post event visits to businesses are helping to further refine the offer to the private sector to invest in Rockingham Forest for Life