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Forest scheme creates employment
Culm grassland
The grassland has an abundance of orchids and other wild flowers
The South West Forest, which covers some of the poorest agricultural land in Devon and Cornwall, is creating new jobs through growing millions of trees.

The Culm grassland covers an area which stretches from Bodmin Moor in Cornwall to Exmoor in Devon.

The forest was introduced because the marshy water-soaked land was difficult to use for agricultural purposes.

Now landowners in the region have qualified for grants worth 6m to plant and maintain trees.

The plan is to improve bio-diversity and boost the economy by creating new businesses linked to the forest, including green tourism.

The area has an abundance of orchids and other wild flowers and is a home for otters and barn owls.

It is also one of only two strongholds for the marsh fritillary butterfly.

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