Tree planting and climate breakdown were high up the agenda during the General Election. But we need to ramp up the level of ambition from landowners and politicians. From rewilding to agroforestry, campaigners Guy Shrubsole and Danny Gross discuss what's needed to achieve systemic change and double tree cover.
National Tree Week: Friends of the Earth reveals areas with lowest tree cover are neglected by government tree planting
With National Tree Week - and the winter tree planting season underway (started 23rd November), Friends of the Earth has today (25 Nov) revealed the areas in England with the lowest levels of tree cover. The organisation has combined historic data from Bluesky’s National Tree Map™ with data on government funded tree planting in England between 2010 and 2018 - highlighting that many of the places with low tree cover have done little in recent years to put this right.
Saturday 23rd November sees the start of National Tree Week (23rd November – 1st December) and is the UK’s largest annual tree celebration, marking the start of the winter tree planting season. To celebrate trees we are posting the ‘Tree of the Day’ with details of the trees you are likely to see if you are out and about in Greater Manchester.
More Trees Please – Join City of Trees and Friends of the Earth to plant 500 trees in Sunnybank Park, Tameside
With National Tree Week - and the winter tree planting season - starting on 23rd November, Friends of the Earth has published analysis showing the governments of England, Wales and Scotland spend less than £1 per person per year on trees*. This drops to just 20p per head when focussing on England. Scotland has increased its forestry budgets for 2019-20.
Responding to today's tree planting announcements from the Conservative Party and Liberal Democrats, Emi Murphy, Friends of the Earth trees campaigner, said: "Bolder policies announced from the Conservatives and Lib Dems today are a solid start, but we need greater ambition from all parties to urgently respond to the climate emergency.