England Tree Strategy Consultation

DEFRA have published the England Tree Strategy consultation. This consultation will enable stakeholder to provide views on how the Government can significantly increase tree establishment and woodland creation to support nature recovery, clean growth and the commitment to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

The consultation is split into four pillars:

The England Tree Strategy will be published by the Government later this year and will set out policy priorities to deliver their ambitious tree planting programme. It will focus on expanding, protecting and improving English woodlands, and how trees and woodlands can connect people to nature, support the economy, combat climate change and recover biodiversity. The aim is that the strategy will ensure that trees are established and managed for the many benefits they provide for people, the economy, the climate and nature itself.

The Strategy is being developed in parallel with other key strategies that flow from the 25 Year Environment Plan and the future Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELMs) which will operate on the basis of providing public payments for public goods (the deadline for responses to the ELMs consultat.

You can read the 46 page consultation document and submit your views here. The deadline for all comments is 11 September 2020.

The WHA will be putting together a response based on the views of our members and will send out a draft in the next month.

Please note: we are also responding to the ELMs consultation (deadline 31 July 2020). We will also be circulating our draft response for this in the coming weeks.