This week Carlisle residents have had the opportunity to bring wildlife back into the city thanks to the work of environmental groups.

The Tree Council and Animal Friends Insurance have announced a partnership that could bring more trees and hedgerows to the area.

Westley Pearson, Chief Executive Officer, Animal Friends Insurance, said: "It’s important to us and to our customers that we continue to protect British wildlife. A third of all woodland wildlife species are in decline and one in ten woodland wildlife species is at risk of extinction."

Planting projects could be situated in a variety of locations, from rural pathways to urban planning, they just need to have charitable status. The £50,000 donation from Animal Friends will enable the planting and future care of up to 3,333 trees or metres of hedgerows which will help wildlife to thrive in communities across the country.

Sara Lom, Chief Executive, The Tree Council, said: "We are delighted to be partnering with Animal Friends to deliver this wonderful grant programme. Planting and caring for new trees and hedgerows across the UK is vital as we work together to address the climate and nature crises and it benefits us all."

Residents can submit applications stating which areas they would like to see improved by visiting: