One million trees will be planted in the UK as part of a green revolution that will also create 2,500 employment.
A hefty £40 million pot will be used to jump-start the country’s green comeback, which will include the planting of nearly a million trees.
Ninety initiatives will divide the money, with the goal of creating 2,500 employment and restoring the natural world to its former grandeur.
The funds will be used to train young people and to mitigate the effects of climate change, such as floods and heat waves.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), which announced the cash injection as part of the Green Recovery Challenge Fund, claimed the 90 projects would span over 600 sites.
A wetland conservation group in Somerset and Chester Zoo are among those who have received funding. The zoo will put its £990,000 windfall toward communal wetlands, grasslands, and wildflower meadows.
£1,230,000 was donated to the charity Trees for Cities. It plans to plant 55,000 trees in 83 areas and provide training to young people aged 16 to 24.
Urban Green Newcastle and Northumberland Wildlife Trust’s Bringing the Buzz Back to the City project will use its £697,800 grant to establish 45 nature spaces.
Young offenders will be offered traineeships as well.
The Daily Express launched a crusade in February, urging the government to abolish VAT on green items and create more green space. The £40 million will, according to Environment Minister Rebecca Pow, “assist environmental organizations employ more people to work on planting, natural restoration, and, most importantly, enable the public enjoy the outdoors.”