Increase in Annual Tree Planting Target
The Scottish Government has revealed plans to increase its annual tree planting target from 10,000 hectares to 15,000 hectares by 2025 – an increase from around 22 million to 33 million trees every year.
The previous target has been to plant 10,000 hectares of new woodland every year and the new target represents a doubling of the government aspiration.
With this announcement the the new targets are:
- 12,000 hectares of new woodland from 2020-21 (around 26.5 million trees);
- 14,000 hectares of new woodland from 2022-23 (just over 32 million trees);
- 15,000 hectares of new woodland from 2024-25 (about 33 million trees)
The announcement is made on the back of a report by James Mackinnon CBE with regard to forestry planting and approval procedures carried out on behalf of the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity, Fergus Ewing. The report identified the barriers to the uptake of new planting grant schemes.
It is not yet clear how this will be funded or whether enhanced grants will be made available. The previous target has never been achieved. Last year only 4600 hectares of new planting took place in Scotland. The highest figure in recent years has been 9000 hectares achieved in 2011/12.
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If you are interested in learning more about the opportunities for new planting please contact our Head Forester Dr Ben Lennon on 01463 235753 or email him at Ben@bowlts.com.
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