National Trust to plant 20 million trees in 2030 net-zero pledge

One of the UK’s largest landowners has pledged to almost double its tree cover in 10 years as part of plans to absorb as much carbon as it emits by 2030.

The National Trust announced plans this morning to plant 20 million trees, representing 18,000 hectares of new woodland, that will bring total tree cover up from 10% to 17% of the land it manages. 

The tree planting scheme aims to capture 300,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide, enabling the trust to reach carbon neutrality without having to rely on purchasing carbon offsets. 

Other measures to cut emissions include “climate conscious agriculture, land management and conservation”, according to Phil Warren, a senior consultant at Carbon Intelligence, which worked with the National Trust to set the net-zero pathway. 

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