Fact checker: Did the EU stop the UK planting trees?

The claim: The EU Common Agricultural Policy has stymied tree planting in the UK

The reality: DEFRA is in charge of the design of the scheme that awards subsidies for planting trees, so is ultimately in control of the number of trees plantedĀ 

The Conservative Party has pledged to plant 30,000 hectares of trees in England annually by 2025 as part of its election promises, but when asked why it had failed to deliver on its previous tree planting targets, the chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove blamed the EU.

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