Friends of the Earth have called for a huge boost to tree planting in the face of the latest statistics on UK woodlands, produced by Forest Research. They were released on the 26th September and paint a startling picture of the state of forest cover in the UK.
Figures show that land area covered by woodland in England stands at 10%, 15% for Wales and 19% for Scotland. Northern Ireland has 8%.
Guy Shrubsole is Trees Campaigner for Friends of the Earth. He says:
“The government shouts from the rooftops about fighting climate breakdown and protecting the world’s forests, but is completely failing on trees right under its nose. In England, planting of new trees and replacing those felled is at a historic low. Trees are a crucial way of averting further climate breakdown so this needs to change, now.”
“The UK has some of the lowest levels of woodland in Europe. Addressing this – by doubling our tree cover – will help us fix the climate emergency and make more space for the country’s rapidly declining nature.”
Friends of the Earth wants to double tree cover as part of the fight against Climate Change. Find out more about their tree campaign and sign the petition calling for the government to double tree cover, by visiting friendsoftheearth.uk/trees