Productive planting 'critical' to meet targets, says UK minister

1 December 2020

Large-scale productive forestry will be "critical" in meeting tree planting ambitions and hitting net-zero targets, the UK Government Environment Secretary has confirmed.

George Eustice MP, responding to a question from Confor's Caroline Ayre during a panel discussion, said: "Commercial forestry is going to play a big part [in] our tree planting targets. We will never get to that kind of area of woodland creation unless a significant chunk of it is commercial forestry so it's a big part of our plan."

[Watch the discussion here].