UK is behind its target to create new woodland in England

The government has been informed over its failure to stop the recession of its native woods.

Evaluating data announced by the Forestry Commission, the Woodland Trust has stated the UK is slacking behind its target to develop a new woodland in England.

The stats show that about 1,980 hectares of new native woodland has been made last year, making the total hit about 7,150 hectares since 2019.

The charity has said that given the government has set a target for 30,000 hectares of new woodland in England by 2024, it needs to provide more than 20,000 hectares in the next two years.

It also said almost 36% of sites of special scientific interest woodland is in “favourable condition”.

“We have stretching and ambitious targets when it comes to tree planting, and just last year we launched the England Trees Action Plan, Environment Secretary George Eustice explained.

“Through the plan, we will plant 30,000 hectares of new woodland every year in the UK by the end of this Parliament, backed up by over £500 million of Nature for Climate Funding.”

UK is behind its target to create new woodland in England

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