More trees, please

Country Life Every Week - - Town & Country -

THE CLA, Wood­land Trust and Con­for joined ranks in a joint state­ment to Forestry Min­is­ter Thérèse Cof­fey at the Con­ser­va­tive Party Conference last week, call­ing the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion un­ac­cept­able and re­quest­ing an in­creased wood­land-cover stance after Brexit that re­flects ‘the many ben­e­fits [trees] can de­liver’.

The key points of the state­ment, which is signed by CLA pres­i­dent Ross Mur­ray, Wood­land Trust chief ex­ec­u­tive Beccy Speight and Con­for CEO Stu­art Goodall, are that the UK’S bio­di­ver­sity and recre­ation would ben­e­fit from more trees in the UK; that tree plant­ing should be sus­tain­able, both en­vi­ron­men­tally and eco­nom­i­cally; that landown­ers who man­age wood­land to the UK Forestry Stan­dard should be re­warded; that tim­ber should be used more of­ten in con­struc­tion; and, lastly, that, as forestry is a £2 bil­lion busi­ness sup­port­ing 80,000 jobs, it should be ‘bet­ter un­der­stood and en­cour­aged’.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.