We are facing a climate and nature emergency

Help us fight back with trees

Trees and woods can help to fight climate change by storing carbon, keeping it locked up for centuries.

The Committee on Climate Change states that the UK needs 1.5 million hectares of additional woodland by 2050 to help hit the net zero carbon emissions target. Increasing tree cover needs to happen faster and at a far greater scale than ever before - and crucially - needs to be sustained over several decades.

We have set out our vision for how the UK can increase tree cover and help to tackle both the nature crisis and the global climate crisis. This is our Emergency Tree Plan.

We must protect, restore and massively expand our woodland and tree cover, with a focus on native woodland and trees for all the benefits they bring.

This is our opportunity to transform our landscapes into ones rich in trees and woods – for the planet, for nature and for people.

The UK Parliament has declared a climate emergency. So have devolved governments and hundreds of local councils. Our Emergency Tree Plan challenges and inspires all levels of government and beyond to address the climate and nature emergency through trees and woods. Tree planting, natural regeneration, sustainable forestry and trees on farms and in community spaces all have a role.

Demand action now  

Ask your government to help fight the climate and nature emergency with trees. 

Look after what we have.

  • Protect and restore existing trees and native woodland. 
  • Invest in UK tree nurseries now to enable a rapid expansion of UK grown trees to reduce disease risk of importing trees. 
  • Improve biosecurity at the border. 

Create new policies, capacity and funding for woods and trees.

  • Set new annual country targets on a path to reach 19% UK woodland cover by 2050. 
  • Combine quantity and quality targets for new tree cover to ensure it stores carbon, supports the recovery of wildlife and benefits people.  
  • Deliver an emergency increase in capacity in tree and woodland teams at all levels of national and local government.  
  • Target public money investment in new tree cover that maximises public goods like wildlife.
  • Public forest estates and other public land must lead the way in how to integrate climate action with nature recovery.    
  • Grow the nature-based carbon offset market for unavoidable emissions.  
  • Combine forestry and woodland strategies alongside agriculture in an overall land-use strategy that enables new land for trees as a priority.
  • Provide landowners with financial support for the natural regeneration of woodland.

Take local authority action:

  • Each Local Authority to write an Emergency Tree Plan to identify land for trees, and set annual expansion targets, whilst protecting existing native woodland and trees. 
  • Ensure all development land includes a minimum 30% tree canopy cover. 
You can read the full plan  here.
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We need to make sure that the right people read and act on our Emergency Tree Plan.

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