Let’s triple our tree planting targets

18th May 2018

To tackle climate change, one of the many things we urgently need to do is plant more trees.

The government have committed to plant 11 million trees before 2022. This is great.


(a) they are way behind schedule already1

and (b) the government’s own climate advisors say the target itself should be at least three times higher2.

We’re running out of time. We need to get planting.

But now there’s an opportunity to raise the government’s ambition on tree planting, as part of a new Environment bill due in parliament in the autumn. Add your name to our petition and say “more trees please” to Michael Gove, the environment secretary.

Tell the government you’d like to see a commitment, in law, to at least 33 million trees in the ground by 2022.

Sign the petition.



1. Howard, Emma. (2017). Data: Michael Gove must triple tree planting to keep manifesto promise. Greenpeace Unearthed.

2. The Committee on Climate Change. (2018). An independent assessment of the UK’s Clean Growth Strategy: From ambition to action.