Tree planting rates to treble by end of this Parliament

Environment Secretary George Eustice is expected to set out government plans to treble tree planting rates over the course of this Parliament.

In a speech that will outline the government’s ambitions to create more woodlands, protect our peatlands and boost biodiversity, Eustice will set out how new measures to increase tree planting will form a central pillar in the efforts to reach net zero emissions by 2050.

Under the new target, approximately 7,000 hectares of woodlands will be planted per year by May 2024, alongside new initiatives to improve the health of our trees, create more woodlands in cities, and deliver thousands of green jobs as we build back greener from the pandemic.

Eustice is expected to say: “We are putting plans in place to treble woodland creation rates by the end of this Parliament, reflecting England’s contribution to meeting the UK’s overall target of planting 30,000 hectares per year by the end of this Parliament. We will make sure that the right trees are planted in the right places and that more green jobs are created in the forestry sector.”

The details will be published in an England Trees Action Plan.

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