England could triple its tree cover without encroaching on other valuable habitats such as peat bogs, according to analysis of official data by Friends of the Earth. Tree cover could jump from 10 per cent to 35 per cent of England within just a few years, while protecting valuable grasslands, peat bogs, and other carbon-rich stores, Forestry Commission data suggests. In total an additional 3.2 million hectares of trees could be planted on ‘low risk’ land, Friends of the Earth said. It excludes planting on prime agricultural land, or in National Parks or Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
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