Plant­ing a fu­ture

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ASMALL fam­ily wood in Corn­wall has been named the UK’S best by the Wood­land Trust. In four acres, the 1,000 saplings planted by Chris and Maria Mus­grove, with help from the Trust’s More­woods ini­tia­tive, which sup­plies trees, fund­ing and ad­vice, im­pressed the judges as the fam­ily had shunned the idea of mak­ing money from the land. ‘Friends said we could rent the land out for graz­ing or ap­ply for plan­ning per­mis­sion to de­velop it, but what we’ve cre­ated far out­weighs any­thing fi­nan­cial,’ says Mr Mus­grove. ‘We need to en­cour­age a love of Na­ture, be­cause the next gen­er­a­tion of trees won’t sur­vive oth­er­wise and we can’t sur­vive with­out trees.’ Since 2010, More­woods has seen the cre­ation of nearly 4,000 acres of wood­land and the plant­ing of more than two mil­lion trees across the UK. Any­one who wishes to plant a min­i­mum half hectare (1¼ acres) of land can sign up at www.wood­landtrust. org.uk/more­woods

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