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Fifth of Farmland Could Be Used to Plant Trees to Hit Carbon Target

05 July 2019   (0 Comments)

A fifth of land currently used for farming could be transformed into new woodland and forests as part of the government's legal obligation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050.

The recommendation is one of many from the climate change committee, which says nearly three billion trees need to be planted in the UK in the next three decades.

Trees and plants are second only to the ocean at generating oxygen and are responsible for locking in billions of tonnes of carbon.

The committee says 30,000 hectares of trees need to be planted every single year in the UK, increasing tree cover from 13% to 17%.

Director of programmes at The Tree Council, Jon Stokes, told Sky News although the target is ambitious, it is achievable.


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