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.
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.
UK gears up for hottest ever day, Friends of the Earth calls for more trees to protect us from extreme heat
IPBES biodiversity report: Friends of the Earth calls for UK government to step up to avoid catastrophic nature decline
Friends of the Earth is calling on the UK to take responsibility and halt this ecological crisis - by drastically stepping up protection and restoration of our own nature and addressing our role in global biodiversity decline; including our own consumption of imported products – such as soy - from nature depleted areas.