Forests

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 19th July 2022.

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Photo of Kerry McCarthy Kerry McCarthy Shadow Minister (Climate Change and Net Zero)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many tree nurseries are operated by Forestry England; how many staff Forestry England employ in those nurseries; and what the total number of trees grown by those nurseries was in each of the last five years.

Photo of Steve Double Steve Double The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Forestry England operated two forest nurseries until April 2022, when Wykeham Nursery in Yorkshire was closed. Forestry England now operates a single nursery at Delamere in Cheshire.

The table below contains a breakdown of tree production quantities and staff numbers (full time equivalent) for Forestry England nurseries over the past five growing seasons.

Year

Wykeham Nursery Trees (Millions)

Delamere Nursery Trees (Millions)

Staff (FTE)

Agency Staff (FTE)

Total Trees (M)

Total Staff

17/18

6

8.1

43

42

14.1

86

18/19

2.8

8

40

38

10.8

78

19/20

6

5.8

43

39

11.8

82

20/21

2.9

8.8

43

30

11.7

73

21/22

3.6

8.6

45

34

12.2

79

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