The chancellor Rishi Sunak confirmed a Conservative Party manifesto pledge to devote hundreds of millions of pounds to tree planting and peat restoration as part of a ‘nature for climate fund’. However, for campaigners the sums do not go far enough.
Green Alliance said the aim to plant 30,000 hectares of woodland paled in comparison to the rate needed to get the UK on track to net zero. “We should be planting 42,000 hectares of new woodland per year to get on track for net zero and spending an additional £800m per year on enhancing natural habitats. This is far higher than the £640m over five years that has been pledged today,” said Chaitanya Kumar, the group’s head of climate and energy.