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Ministers face call for big increase in tree planting

September 10, 2019 by  
Filed under News & Business

More tree planting is needed in the UK to help offset the impact of climate change, the government has been told.

Forestry sector representatives urged Defra ministers to work with the industry to drive up tree planting rates significantly. The Confederation of Forest Industries made the call in the run-up to its annual Confor Woodland Show on 5-6 September at Longleat, Wiltshire.

Farming is a key focus for this year’s show. Advice on offer includes eligibility for woodland creation grant support, planning, layouts, species choice and market opportunities for timber – as well as making the most of what is an additional tax-free asset.

Defra secretary Theresa Villiers and forestry minister Zac Goldsmith have both recognised the benefits of woodland management creation. Confor chief executive Stuart Goodall said he hoped they would encourage for rapid increases in tree planting.

‘Critical contribution’

He said: “We very much look forward to working with Theresa Villiers and Zac Goldsmith to continue pushing forestry and wood products up the political agenda. The imperative to plant many more trees – especially productive forestry at scale – is greater than ever.

Successive reports from the Committee on Climate Change had identified a vital role for large-scale tree planting in removing atmospheric carbon and mitigating the damaging effects of climate change, said Mr Goodall.

In a letter to Ms Villiers, he wrote: “Confor and its members look forward to working with you to drive up tree planting in England. A significant increase is necessary to meet national targets and make a critical contribution to alleviating the global climate emergency.”

Mr Goodall said he also hoped to raise the issue with Mr Goldsmith. He said: “Planting more trees at home can reduce the long-term need for imported timber. We need to do everything we can to stop exporting our forest and carbon footprint.”

Farm budgets

In a Westminster Hall debate on Forestry in England in January 2018, Ms Villiers said: “A key goal for all of us who recognise the benefits of woods and forests is not just protecting what we have, but planting more trees.”

Visitors to the Confor show will see how even small areas of trees can make an important contribution to farm budgets. Show chairman Nick Hoare said: “Probably the greater proportion of our exhibitors have equipment designed for small-scale use.”

A key features of the show is that machines can be seen working under realistic conditions. Most key manufacturers will be represented and visitors will be able to see how a single tree can be turned into useful timber whether that is fence posts or cladding for a building.

Mr Hoare said: “Small quantities of timber can be turned into firewood easily and quickly with the latest generation of firewood processors and low quality timber that might once have been thought as valueless can be turned into woodchips to fuel a biomass boiler.”

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