‘Historic low’: DEFRA plans new tree strategy after missing planting target by 71%

DEFRA plans to consult on a new tree strategy after failing to meet its target to plant new trees across 5,000 hectares of land in England every year by a wide margin.

Official figures from Forest Research show DEFRA falling short of the target by 71%, having succeeded in planting only 1,420 hectares in the year to March.

Across the UK, 13,390 hectares of newly created woodland were planted, with Scotland faring the best at 11,210 hectares of new tree planting and Wales and Northern Ireland with 520 and 240 hectares respectively.


Defra Policy Paper: 25-year environment plan (January 2018)

In force/
22 Mar 2018



Air General policy Land and development Sustainable development Water Wildlife and conservation


DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

Affected Sectors

Cross-sector Agriculture Animal Boarding and Pest Control Chemicals Chemical Products And Man-Made Fibres Water Waste and Cleaning Conservation Land Management and Landscaping

Defra Policy Paper: 25-year environment plan (January 2018)

Document Status: In force/Current

Scope: England

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