Derbyshire to be home to first 'Young People's Forest'

Children and teenagers will plant more than a quarter of a million trees Credit: Terry Morris/WTML

Young people will plant a quarter of a million trees creating the UK's first 'Young People's Forest'.

The Woodland Trust has selected a 162 hectare (400 acre) former coal mine site Derbyshire to be the home for the project.

They hope the site will spark an interest in nature and the environment among young people.

The site will be based on a former coal mine in Derbyshire Credit: Chris Belton
250,000 trees will be planted next year Credit: Chris Belton

The Trust has received support from a number of organisations including the Big Lottery Fund and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

However, they still need to raise almost £5 million to develop the site close to Heanor, Derbyshire, known locally as Mead.

The Woodland Trust has also teamed up with #iwill – a campaign set up to increase volunteering and social action opportunities for young people.

The first of 250,000 saplings will be ready to plant from next autumn