The Woodland Trust has responded to the publication of the Sixth Carbon Budget by the Climate Change Committee (CCC).
Nick Philips, head of conservation policy, said: "The CCC’s report is clear, over the next three decades we need to increase UK tree cover by at least a third. On current trends, we will get nowhere near this target. Policies like the upcoming England Tree Strategy and new farm payments system need to be visionary and bold to get many more trees into our landscapes, delivering for climate and for nature. The trees we already have are a vital carbon store too, and we need to do much more to protect them from development pressures, and pests and disease."