UK government to plant 4 million trees in 2014-2015 to create 5,000 acres of new woods!

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The UK's government has confirmed that it will keep investing in the creation of new woodlands with 4 million trees to be planted over the next 2 years, creating 2,000 hectares (5,000 acres) of new woods. This will cost £6m, or just £1.5 per tree, a cheap way to invest in the future. This is part of a larger £30m investment in woodlands in England, with the remainder of the money being spent on management of existing woods.

This is a good start, but more could easily be done. England only has 10% of woodland cover, one of the lowest rates in Europe, and it takes a while for a tree to grow to maturity, so the sooner we get going, the better:

Conservationists welcomed confirmation that funding of woodland creation schemes would continue - something which had been unclear until now - but warned that the level of planting the government had pledged to maintain was too low.

Plans for creating 2,000 hectares of new woodland in 2014-15 falls far short of the government's own aspiration to create 5,000 hectares of new woodland (12,000 acres), the Woodland Trust said. (source)

Via Guardian

See also: England Decides Not to Sell Off Public Forests

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