Thousands of acres of forest will be created in and around Birmingham under plans to make the 2022 Commonwealth Games in the city carbon neutral. In an announcement to mark 500 days to the start of the Games, organisers pledged carbon-offsetting initiatives including the creation of 2,022 acres of forest and 72 mini-forests, each the size of a tennis court, to be created in urban areas across the West Midlands. Each mini-forest will be linked to one of the nations and territories competing at the Games, to be held between 28 July and 8 August next year. It will be the first time the games are set to be carbon neutral. The 2,022 acres of forest will feature native species and will be designed to help local people connect with nature. Ian Reid, the CEO of Birmingham 2022, said: “We’re really proud to be announcing this. We have a responsibility, we’re putting on a significant international event and the eyes of the world will be on us. We’re also in one of the youngest cities in Europe, and in particular the younger generation would expect us to be doing as much as we possibly can to be sustainable.” Dame […]

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