MORE than quarter of a million trees are set to be planted at Blenheim Estate.

Nine new woodlands will be created, incorporating 28 varieties of trees.

It is hoped the project, which will regenerate woodland in the Dorn and Glyme Valleys area of the Blenheim Estate, will be the first of many for construction group Morgan Sindall, which is creating the woodlands.

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Blenheim Estates director Roy Cox said: “One of our strategic aims in the next five years is to not only offset our own carbon to be net zero, but also to help others do the same.

“This will have a real and immediate impact on the Dorn Valley woodland at Blenheim, creating a ‘green corridor’ along the River Dorn.”

Morgan Sindall chief executive John Morgan added: “This exciting project is about more than our quest to achieve net zero – though that remains our very valid goal.

“This is about creating a legacy with an environmental net gain and the creation of substantial natural capital, across the board.

“Our woodlands will provide measurable, demonstrable gains in terms of soil, air and water quality, not to mention the wellbeing benefits for all those who can come and enjoy the forest as it grows.”