Consultation launched on the England Tree Strategy
Plans to accelerate tree planting and improve the management of our existing trees and woodlands are underway as the government today (19 June) launched a consultation which will inform a new England Tree Strategy.
Everyone – from farmers, foresters and land managers, experts and environmental organisations, to members of the public – is being invited to give their views on the future creation and management of our trees, woodlands and forests, including:
- how to expand, protect and improve our public and private woodlands,
- how to increase the role that trees and woodlands can play in supporting the economy,
- how best to connect more people to nature, and
- the most effective way in which trees and woodlands can be created and managed to help combat climate change.
The consultation period will run for a period of 12 weeks until 11 September 2020.
Subject to consultation, the new strategy will set out policies to expand tree cover, support woodland management and increase public engagement with trees and woodlands. It will help ensure the government’s tree planting commitment – to increase tree planting to 30,000 hectares per year across the UK by 2025 – is delivered, working closely with the devolved administrations, communities and landowners to do so.
The England Tree Strategy will also be developed in parallel with other key strategies that flow from the 25 Year Environment Plan. These include the recent Tree Health Resilience Strategy and the forthcoming England Peat Strategy and Nature Strategy, as well the future Environmental Land Management Scheme which will operate on the basis of providing public payments for public goods.
For more information about the England Tree Strategy consultation and to submit your views please visit the consultation page.