Forestry Investment – The Woodland Trust says that further investment is needed in order to double the amount of woodland in the UK.
The trust says that many more acres of woodland should be planted in order to help meet carbon emission reduction targets and improve the quality of life for people living in the UK.
It is calling upon landowners to make land available for planting trees and hopes that funding will come from the government’s Low Carbon Transition Plan and from private investment.
More and more people are investing in sustainable forestry as an alternative asset class, which is both environmentally sound and profitable.
The trust’s target is the planting of 15,000 hectares of woodland each year, which is more ambitious than the government’s current goal of planting 10,000 hectares a year for the coming 15 years. Private investment is being sought for this planting project.
The Trust says that the planting of an additional 15,000 hectares a year will remove up to 50 million tonnes of carbon from the environment by 2050.
Lee Bruce, the Woodland Trust’s government affairs officer said, “given the ecosystem benefits of a healthy natural environment, healthy agriculture is dependent on this.”