The biggest tree-planting programme in 50 years is to be announced in an effort to meet climate targets. The plan, due to be published in the next fortnight, will double the planting of woodland within four years to almost 75,000 acres a year, or about 80 million trees. By 2035, this will have to rise again to 143 million new trees a year, covering almost 125,000 acres, to meet carbon emissions targets. The initial focus is cities and towns, with the government today announcing an “urban tree challenge fund” that will see 44,000 trees planted near schools, hospitals and in deprived areas.
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