SAVE OUR TREES!
A RECORD number of trees are being ripped up, while the planting of new ones is slower than it’s been for nearly 50 years, in our country.
That’s the alarming news from the Woodland Trust, which manages more than 1,000 English forests.
The Trust warns that 780 ancient woods are at risk from new homes, transport projects, quarries and golf courses.
Numbers from the Forestry Commission show that only 1,900 hectares of trees were planted across England in the past two years. That is the smallest number since 1971. None of the planting has been done by the commission in England since 2008, or in Wales since 1992. Most of the new planting done in Britain is in Scotland. Any new planting is done mostly by private landowners, using money from Government grants.
The Government promised to plant 11 million trees between 2015 and 2020. The Prime Minister said last month that planting trees was “at the heart of our work to protect the environment for future generations”. But she admitted they had much more to do.
Right now about 13% of the UK is covered by forest. But the Woodland Trust’s boss, Beccy Speight, says the Government is failing and that planning laws need to be made tougher to protect our forests for the future.