Across South Yorkshire, private, public and voluntary sector organisations are striving to actively respond to the climate and ecological emergencies we face. Never has there been so much public awareness and pressure for politicians and decision-makers to take action in tackling these emergencies.
In addition, the Covid19 pandemic has further re-enforced for many the importance of nature and access to green spaces as key to their quality of life.
Responding to these demands, organisations, including Local Authorities, will need to increasingly work across borders together, working with nature as dynamic landscapes, river catchments and ever changing ecosystems. This means more creative and joined-up thinking.
In 2020 stakeholders reviewed the current approach to tree planting and woodland creation, and proposed a new way forward, co-ordinating this work across South Yorkshire to both facilitate and increase delivery.
In response a Woodland Creation Officer has been appointed to work with the South Yorkshire Local Nature Partnership (SYLNP), the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority (MCA), and the Woodland Trust to co-ordinate woodland creation and tree planting in the region.