A new country park could be on the way for Norfolk as part of the county council’s commitment to plant 1 million trees over five years.

Councillors will hear an update next week on the success so far of the 1 Million Trees for Norfolk project, with 250,000 already in the ground.

To meet the ambitious target members are set to consider proposals that could see a large new woodland area created, and opened to the public.

Cllr James Bensly, chair of the infrastructure and development select committee, said: “The exciting proposal to create a new country park fits well with our ongoing Greenways to Greenspaces project that’s opening up access to nature to many more residents and visitors to our beautiful county. I look forward to being able to consider the details and discuss this proposal with fellow councillors.”

A report to be considered next week outlines a proposal for the county council to buy land to plant 500,000 trees over the next two planting seasons.

It’s estimated that 333 hectares would be needed to provide enough space for planting on the scale required, however, this may not all be in one single location.

Sustainable transport links would be needed, and no locations have been chosen as yet.

The report will be discussed at the Infrastructure and Development Select Committee meeting on Wednesday 17 May.

Members of the committee are being asked to comment on the proposal before it is considered by Cabinet at a later date.

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