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Dudley Council the historic capital of the Black Country
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We have developed the Tree Strategy in partnership with the following environmental organisations:

  • Black Country Environmental Partnership
  • National Urban Forestry Unit
  • British Trust for Conservation Volunteers
  • Groundwork Black Country
  • Urban Wildlife Trust.

Further details of these organisations are given in Appendix 2. With these organisations we have committed ourselves to the implementation and maintenance of the Black Country Urban Forest.

What is the Black Country Urban Forest Millenium Programme?

The Black Country Urban Forest is a millennium project headed by the Black Country Environmental Partnership, which aims to plant or bring into sustainable management 900 ha of woodland in the Black Country by the year 2000. This includes the planting of street and garden trees, planting new woodland and managing existing woodland. Funding of 4.2 million pounds for this project was received from the Millennium Commission in 1995 and is match funded for each project by various agencies. This has led to many projects throughout the Borough in which the community can be involved and opportunities for more projects to be carried out.

The resulting Millennium Forest will encompass all of the Black Country, linking up with the Forest of Mercia Community Forest which includes the more rural parts of Walsall Borough and through to South Staffordshire and thus into the National Forest covering parts of Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire.