Government blamed for plummeting tree planting rates in England

The area of English land planted with new trees has fallen by nearly two thirds compared with 2015 and forestry experts blame government policies

Tree planting rates are falling despite ambitions to increase woodland cover. Photograph: Helen Hotson/123RFForestry experts have blamed government policies for the falling rate of new tree planting in England.

In 2014, 3,300 hectares of new broadleaves were planted and in 2015 this slowed to 2,300ha of broadleaves and 100ha of conifers. But in 2016 just 700ha of broadleaves were planted, according to the Forestry Commission’s September figures (see box).  

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