Woodland Trust plans to grow the largest continuous native forest in England are a step closer as they plan to buy an 850-acre site in Hertfordshire.
England has lost half its ancient woodland since the 1930s.
The forest will cost £8.5 million for the first five years, including site purchase, planting and maintenance. It is located in Hertfordshire, within the London Greenbelt, a Biodiversity Priority Area and within the Chilterns ancient woodland concentration.
Sue Holden, Woodland Trust chief executive, said: ‘Our plans for the new forest at Sandridge … offer an unmissable opportunity to plant such a huge number of trees and benefit so many people.
‘We estimate that two million people live within 15 miles of Sandridge alone. Our new wood will provide a large and accessible space for people at a time when there is huge pressure to develop and build on land in the south east.’