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Formal meeting (oral evidence session): Tree Planting and Woodlands

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee
Tree Planting and Woodlands

Tuesday 23 November 2021

Start times: 2.00pm (private) 2.30pm (public)


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The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee is to welcome Zac Goldsmith, the Minister for the Environment, to answer MPs questions about the government’s large-scale plans for tree planting as part of its carbon net-zero strategy. 

Part of the government’s net zero by 2050 strategy involves a commitment, by 2025, to be planting 30,000 hectares of new woodland in the UK per annum. 

The devolved administrations have set their tree-planting targets, but England has yet to do so. Some organisations want England to set targets soon, to give a clear sense of direction to the policy. However, other groups have stressed the need to ensure tree planting targets does not have unintended consequences – as there can be a conflict between planting trees and protecting other habitats such as peatland and grassland.

Meeting details

At 2.00pm: Private discussion
Inquiry Tree Planting and Woodlands
At 2.30pm: Oral evidence
Inquiry Tree Planting and Woodlands
Minister for Pacific and the Environment at the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office at Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Director, Natural Environment, Trees and Landscapes at Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Likely areas of questioning

The evidence session will look at:

  • when a clear planting target will be set for England;
  • how the plans will ensure the right types of trees are planted in the right places; and
  • how the government plans to make sure planting targets are delivered

Location

Room 6, Palace of Westminster

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