Tree Planting: Costs

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 6th March 2020.

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Photo of Kerry McCarthy Kerry McCarthy Labour, Bristol East

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate his Department has made of the cost of planting 30,000 hectares of trees per year by 2024.

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

We are committed to increasing tree planting across the UK to 30,000 hectares of trees per year by 2025. As forestry policy, and budgets to support it, are devolved we are working with the Devolved Administrations to determine how we deliver this UK commitment.

The Nature for Climate fund announced in the manifesto will support a range of measures to increase tree planting in England whilst delivering other environmental benefits. This will build on current grant incentives and schemes to create woodlands.

We will need a range of effective measures that support farmers and land managers to plant and maintain trees and will consult on options to do this through the upcoming England Tree Strategy consultation.

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