#GE2019 tree planting pledges analysed

29 November 2019

Confor has analysed the main parties’ manifestos for the General Election on 12th December. This has been described as “the climate election”, with a YouGov poll identifying climate change as the second most important issue in the election for young people, after Brexit.

In recent years, Confor and others have lobbied for greater tree planting and increased wood use as a “simple, low-cost solution” to removing atmospheric carbon to reduce the damaging impacts of climate change. As a result, trees have a much higher profile in the manifestos than at previous elections. Here, we analyse what the main parties are saying about forestry and wood - and what Confor thinks about their policies.