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Confor and Environmental groups plan to upgrade the tree plantation project

 Thursday, July 11, 2024

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Confor and Environmental groups future tree planting

On the eve of the General Election, Confor has partnered with The Woodland Trust, the Tree Council, and Trees for Cities to urge the incoming UK Government to commit to significant new investments for substantially increased future tree planting, alongside addressing critical issues such as timber security.

Expanding tree cover is essential for tackling the climate and nature crises and providing vital sustainable economic growth and timber security. The minimum required by legal targets is 16.5% tree cover by 2050, but progress in recent years has fallen short of what is needed to meet that.

Despite more encouraging recent figures on new woodland creation, there is still a long way to go, with the UK almost 10,000 hectares a year short of the annual planting target advised by the Climate Change Committee, with England still well short of what it needs to plant to meet the 16.5% target.

Dr Darren Moorcroft, Woodland Trust CEO, said: “We need all parties to set out plainly how they are going to meet tree targets, support green jobs and give nature a fighting chance for future generations. With the General Election looming, this is a pivotal moment for woods and trees. Woodland wildlife is still declining, irreplaceable habitats like ancient woods need urgent protection and restoration. Trees are one of the strongest weapons we have to tackle the nature and climate crises, so whoever forms the government after July 4th needs to act for people and the planet.”

Confor Chief Executive Stuart Goodall said: “All political parties have supported greater tree planting, but we need to accelerate the rate of woodland creation in England. Momentum has been building in recent years, and it’s vital that the next government builds on that and commits the modest sums of money required to unlock huge benefits for jobs, the environment and tackling climate change.

“We also need to tackle the growing challenge of timber security. It’s well known in forestry circles that the UK already imports 81% of the wood it consumes. It’s vital that the new government recognises this as well and that, as domestic and global demand for timber increases, the danger is that reliance on imports will increase at a time when pressures on the supply of wood will mount, threatening fragile forests overseas”.

Confor and the environmental organizations are also urging the incoming UK Government to safeguard existing woodlands from threats posed by pests, disease, and climate change, and to collaborate with them to ensure sustainable woodland management.

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