To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what calculation his Department has made of the number of trees that will need to be planted each year to meet the Government's target of planting 30 million trees per year by 2025.
19 November 2021
The Government has committed to bring tree planting rates across the UK up to 30,000 hectares per year by the end of this Parliament. This is consistent with the Balanced Net Zero Pathway recommended by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) in its advice to the Government on setting the Sixth Carbon Budget.
In the financial year 2019/20 (the beginning of this Parliament), 2,300ha of new woodland was created in England. We expect by May 2024 to reach at least 7,000ha of woodland creation per year in England as part of our contribution to the UK-wide efforts.
We will also consider consulting on introducing a long-term statutory tree target through the new powers of the Environment Act.