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News: Tripling tree planting rates

News: Tripling tree planting rates
20 January 2020 No comments

As we enter the second half of the bare root planting season we are now in a position where one political party has a large majority and a clear mandate to deliver its election promises – including tree planting.

Here at BHT HQ, we are encouraged that the new government has recognised the positive benefits tree planting programmes bring to the climate, the environment and to communities, and we look forward to working in partnership with our clients to deliver these.

As part of their Vote Blue Go Green programme, the Conservatives said;

"The new £640m Nature for Climate fund will increase tree planting in England. The government would work with the Devolved Administrations to triple UK tree-planting rates to 30,000 hectares every year – space for at least 30 million more trees – in line with recommendations from the independent Committee on Climate Change.

"Existing woodland like the Northern Forest and Northumberland Forest would be expanded, new forests would be created across the country. Towns and cities would also benefit with more trees planted in urban areas to improve air quality.

"The Nature for Climate Fund will be used to dramatically increase rates of tree-planting in England with more research into the most appropriate species to plant across the country, a scaling up the nursery sector to grow the saplings, new partnerships with landowners, and increased planting rates on sites."