Woodland reduction ‘shocking’
ENGLAND is “highly likely” to be suffering from deforestation, campaigners warned after figures revealed low levels of new woodlands planted.
Only 3,700 acres of woods were planted in England last year – well below the Government’s target of 12,000 acres, the Forestry Commission data reveals.
England is likely to be experiencing “net deforestation” as a result, the Woodland Trust warned.
Woodlands cover 10 per cent of England.
They are important strongholds for native broadleaf trees which are rich in wildlife.
John Tucker, director of woodland creation at the Woodland Trust, said: “These figures are shocking considering the importance of trees in tackling air pollution, improving water quality and offering scope to deliver natural flood management, not to mention what they offer for wildlife and their productive potential for the rural economy.”