Defra officials urged to approve quality planting schemes

8 March 2022

More high-quality tree planting schemes that meet stringent standards must be approved if the UK is to ensure sufficient future timber supply, senior Defra officials were told on a visit to North-west England organised by Confor.

The team from Defra (Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs) visited Mearbeck, near Settle, on the North Yorkshire/Cumbria border, where a scheme has been turned down, due to moving regulatory goal posts. 

Defra’s party, including Naomi Mathiessen and Bella Murfin, Joint Directors of Defra’s Nature for Climate Tree Programme, also visited a woodland badly affected by the winter storms, and BSW’s mill at Carlisle.