Wood­land re­duc­tion ‘shock­ing’

Daily Express - - COME ON ENGLAND - By Anil Dawar

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.”

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