The ‘Red Wall’ of Conservative marginal seats could become a nationwide hub for green jobs, according to research consultancy WPI Economics. More than 16,000 jobs could be created in coastal restoration, tree planting and parks maintenance across parts of the country with low levels of employment, including ‘Red Wall’ areas such as County Durham, Copeland, Wolverhampton, and Ashfield. The region could host 112,000 hectares of new woodland, for example, while hundreds of jobs could be found in a massive peatland restoration scheme known as the ‘Great North Bog’. The jobs depend on the Government directing its energies – and investment – on nature restoration across the country, said think tank Green Alliance, which commissioned the research. It is calling on the Chancellor Rishi Sunak to include environmental projects alongside other infrastructure in the Government’s £4.8bn levelling up fund announced at the Spending Review.
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