Farmers to help Wales reach Net Zero as Welsh Government pledges an extra £32m for tree planting - Welsh Government and Natural Resources Wales

Minister for Climate Change Julie James has today (1/9) announced £32m for farmers and landowners to help Wales plant 86 million trees by the end of the decade to combat the climate emergency.

The announcement follows a short, intensive review carried out by the Deputy Minister for Climate Change which looked at removing barriers to woodland creation.

Wales needs to plant 43,000 hectares of new woodland by the end of this decade as part of the Welsh Government’s journey to making the country net zero by 2050.

The two new schemes are:

Ceri Davies, executive director of evidence, policy and permitting at Natural Resources Wales, said: “Increasing the tree canopy across Wales as part of the Woodland Creation Scheme is a crucial part of the effort to tackle the climate and nature emergencies and to help achieve the nation’s net zero ambitions. Natural Resources Wales is playing a key role in this ambition, working with local stakeholders, landowners, farmers and the forestry sector to understand the barriers to tree planting and how they can be overcome. We are also helping to ensure all schemes meet the UK Forestry Standard, ensuring that any new planting safeguards wildlife and the environment, enhances the local landscape and carefully manages our natural resources.”

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Posted On: 02/09/2022

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