We committed in our manifesto to increasing planting across the UK to 30,000 hectares per year by 2025 and are exploring whether longer-term statutory targets for trees in England would be appropriate.
To achieve this, we announced a £640 million Nature for Climate Fund to increase planting in England over this parliament and will publish a new England Tree Strategy in spring.
This year we kick-started efforts through:
- £12.1 million investment in expanding England's ten Community Forests;
- £2.5 million from the Shared Outcomes Fund for research pilots to grow trees outside of woodlands;
- £1.4 million of planting along rivers through the Environment Agency;
- Over 84,000 trees planted in towns and cities by the second round of the £10 million Urban Tree Challenge Fund;
- Support from the £40 million Green Recovery Challenge Fund for a range of charity projects to protect and plant trees.