Restoring England’s Woodlands for Climate & Nature: Next Steps for the Government’s Tree Strategy
TIME: 3:45pm – 4:30pm [GMT]
The All-Party Parliamentary Groups on the Environment and Woods & Trees were delighted to host a Parliamentary session with the Rt Hon Lord Goldsmith, UK Government Minister in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and Rt Hon Baroness Young, Chair of the Woodland Trust.
In this session, the Minister briefed MPs, Peers, industry and civil society on the long-awaited England Tree Strategy - and what the Government hopes to achieve with regards woodland, forest and trees over the coming decade. With tree-planting rates in England still failing to meet the levels needed to tackle climate change, alongside ongoing concerns on how woodlands are being impacted by poorly-implemented infrastructure and building projects, plus the growing threats from pests and diseases, the challenges facing this sector are profound.
And yet with COP26 on the horizon and the equally vital Kunming biodiversity COP also taking place in 2021, there is a real opportunity at this moment to push for ambitious plans for restoring and protecting woodland. In this session, the Minister will present a few short opening remarks, followed by the chance for Parliamentary and all APPG members to ask questions.