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'People seem happier': how planting trees changed lives in a former coal community
by Matthew Taylor
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8 December 2017
On 8 December 2017 The Guardian reported:
The National Forest has not only transformed an industrial landscape, it has given people a new sense of belonging and wellbeing, created jobs, and boosted wildlife -- benefits that could be replicated across the country. The first tree in the National Forest was planted more than 25 years ago and now much of the land that spans Derbyshire, Leicestershire, and Staffordshire is unrecognizable.
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John Everitt, the chief executive of the National Forest Company which oversees the project, says the simple act of planting trees has sparked a dizzying list of spin-off benefits, from tourism to a nascent woodland economy; from flood management to thriving wildlife; from improved health and wellbeing to housebuilding and jobs. ...
'People now have a sense of pride in this place and a sense of belonging and wellbeing. Children who were maybe nervous of the outdoors are benefitting from being able to walk or cycle or simply play in the woods.'
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