Tree Planting

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered at on 8 January 2020.

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Photo of Matthew Offord Matthew Offord Conservative, Hendon

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will set out the steps necessary to plant 30 million trees a year.

Photo of Rebecca Pow Rebecca Pow The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Government set out its ambition to increase tree planting to 75,000 acres each year across the UK by the end of this Parliament. To support this, we announced a Nature for Climate Fund, part of which will kick-start a step-change in tree planting in England. Forestry is a devolved matter and we will work with the devolved administrations to increase planting across the UK.

We will expand on woodland creation initiatives like the Northern Forest and Northumberland Forest, and plant more trees in urban areas. We will support afforestation on private land, continuing our woodland creation grants, which offer a viable, long-term source of income for landowners who deliver environmental benefits by planting and maintaining trees.

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