Tree-planting rates in England will treble within a few years to tackle the climate and nature crises, the Government will pledge this week. At present 2,340 hectares (5,800 acres) are planted each year, but the Government says this will grow to 7,000 hectares (17,300 acres) annually by the end of this Parliament (May 2024). The England Trees Action Plan will be launched on Tuesday and is expected to set out how woodland cover will be increased with tree planting, focusing on broadleaf native trees, as well as processes such as natural regeneration, where trees grow back naturally on the land. However, campaigners have warned the goal for England is less than a quarter of the Government’s UK-wide target to plant 30,000 hectares a year (75,000 acres) by 2024 and fails to rise to meet the nature and climate crises. The low target has also raised questions about how much of the overall 30,000 hectares goal will need to be met by non-native commercial conifer plantations in Scotland, which campaigners say do not deliver benefits for wildlife or the public.
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