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Plant an additional 75,000 acres of trees a year

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Building on our support for creating a Great Northumberland Forest, we will reach an additional 75,000 acres of trees a year by the end of the next Parliament...

Conservative Party Manifesto 2019, p.43

Our verdict

  • This is a commitment to plant new trees at a rate of 75,000 acres per year by the end of this parliamentary term, expected to be in 2024.
  • The government has created a £640 million Nature for Climate fund, which aims to support woodland habitats, and held a consultation on a forthcoming England Tree Strategy. However, the latest national statistics show that in 2019-2020 only 2330 hectares of new woodland was planted in England, which equates to a mere 5757 acres – Scotland, by comparison, planted more than 27,000 acres.
  • The Prime Minister restated a version of this pledge as part of his ten-point plan for a green industrial revolution in November 2020. But with less than one-tenth of the 75,000 acre annual target reached in the first year of office, it’s hard to argue that this pledge has yet got off the ground, so we’re marking it as ‘not started’.

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