Tyneside and Wearside have some of the lowest levels of woodland in the country.
There's now a plan to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds to plant thousands of trees at a site near Beamish.
The area is already home to a small forest- with hopes it will soon be growing in size.
Ross has been to find out more.
Another warm day is forecast across the region with variable cloud cover.
The sunnier weather is more likely in the south. Sometimes thicker cloud in the north may give very slight intermittent rain or showers, with light westerly winds.
Maximum temperature 24 °C.
Mainly dry in the south with clear spells, but often cloudier in the north and west with mist, fog on hills, and a few spots of rain.
Light winds. Minimum temperature 14 °C.
Warm and bright in south at first, but increasing cloud will bring intermittent light rain erratically southeastwards.
Sunny spells will return later, but feeling fresher with a westerly breeze developing. Maximum temperature 23 °C.
Outlook for Wednesday to Friday:
Fresher and breezier through the period with pleasant sunshine and showers.
Showers sometimes organised, perhaps with hail and thunder on Thursday. Then occasionally heavy rain and strengthening winds later Friday.
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Tuesday:A dry and often cloudy day for most, although some spells of sunshine likely, especially towards the coast.
The odd shower will remain possible, mainly across the Pennines. Maximum temperature 23 °C.