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