Tree Planting

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 15th January 2019.

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Photo of Craig Tracey Craig Tracey Conservative, North Warwickshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many trees have been planted in each (a) region, (b) local authority area and (c) parliamentary constituency since April 2010.

Photo of David Rutley David Rutley Assistant Whip (HM Treasury), Government Whip

Forestry Commission statistics published as part of their Corporate Performance Indicators on 13 November 2018 indicate that at the end of September 2018 at least 15.2 million trees have been planted since April 2010 with government support, equivalent to approximately 12,900 hectares of woodland. Annual figures are provided in the same report.

A separate report has been produced by the Forestry Commission using the best available information New Planting of Trees Supported by the Rural Development Programme for England, and other forms of Government Support; April 2010 to September 2018. This gives a breakdown of government supported planting by region, local authority area and parliamentary constituency. A draft copy of this report, which is subject to further review, has been placed in the library. The Forestry Commission is planning to publish the final version of the report with the next release of their Corporate Performance Indicators in February 2019.

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