A FOREST should be planted on the border of England and Scotland, according to a Northumberland MP.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan, the MP for Berwick, said the forest could create something both countries can nurture together and form part of the Borderlands initiative, a government scheme to boost economies in Northern England and Southern Scotland.

Speaking in Parliament last week, the MP told Agriculture Minister George Eustice: “I ask the minister to consider, planting a borderlands forest as part of meeting our tree planting targets.”

Trees would help create a biodiverse habitat and reduce climate change caused by carbon dioxide, she said.

“Timber absorbs carbon dioxide as it grows and then holds that carbon a second time as wood products.”