Provisional woodland statistics 2019: Friends of the Earth calls for huge boost to tree planting
Figures show that planting of new trees, and replacing those felled, in England is at an historic low.
The latest National Statistics on woodland produced by Forest Research were released today (13 June 2019)
Guy Shrubsole, trees campaigner at Friends of the Earth, said:
“Our government talks the talk on fighting climate breakdown, but these figures show that planting of new trees, and replacing those felled, in England is at an historic low. Trees are going to form a key part in getting the country to net zero emissions, so we need to see a huge improvement in how quickly trees are being planted.
“This is why Friends of the Earth has launched its call for UK tree cover to be doubled. Doing this will help us fix the climate emergency and make more space for the country’s rapidly declining nature.”