To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much funding his Department plans to allocate to tree planting programmes in each financial year from 2022-23 to 2024-25; and which schemes will receive this funding.
The England Trees Action Plan sets out our long-term vision for the treescape in England, including how we will treble tree planting rates supporting the Government's manifesto target of planting 30,000 hectares of trees per year by the end of the Parliament. The £750 million Nature for Climate Fund is the main delivery vehicle, focussed on peat restoration, woodland creation and management.
The Fund is already supporting a series of grants for tree planting and management for 2022/23, including:
- The £8 million Woodland Creation Accelerator Fund which will provide financial support to local authorities to bring in specialist skills and capacity to boost tree planting and woodland creation across England.
- £500,000 this year in support of the collaborative Woodlands for Water project which will increase woodland creation along rivers to deliver biodiversity, water quality improvements and flood risk mitigation.
- More than £3.8 million available through the fourth round of the Urban Tree Challenge Fund.
- The Local Authority Treescapes Fund will allocate up to £5.4 million for the planting of up to 650,000 trees in 2022/23.
Additional funding will also shortly be announced for the England Woodland Creation Offer and for Woodland Creation Partnerships. Nature for Climate Fund deployment in future years is dependent on analysis of previous year's performance across projects and workstreams.