New forest in Northumberland could benefit red squirrels

A new 354 ha forest is to be planted at Doddington North Moor, in Northumberland in the north of England over the next two to three years. The Forestry Commission have approved plans for planting >600,000 trees,; these will include 146 ha of Sitka spruce, 72 ha of native broadleaves and 46 ha of Scots pine/native broadleaves. The site is within the Kyloe red squirrel reserve buffer zone, and the new forest will benefit the red squirrels in 15 to 20 years time when the conifers start to produce seed. (See Doddington North Afforestation ProjectThe Telegraph, The Independent, Confor, Smallholder).

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