Tree planting report highlights lack of confidence in UK Government

21 March 2022

A report into tree planting by a committee of MPs highlights a growing lack of confidence in the UK Government to deliver on both its planting targets and its ability to secure future timber supplies, according to Confor’s Chief Executive Stuart Goodall.

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) committee report (read it here) accuses the UK Government of a “lack of focus” - and says it needs “a comprehensive plan to support greater planting”. 

It also calls on ministers to seize the opportunity to expand domestic timber production, and increase the amount of home-grown wood used in UK building and construction - noting that 80% of the wood products used in the UK are imported.   

“Government really must get its act together,” says the EFRA committee chairman, Conservative MP Neil Parish.