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Tree Planting and Woodlands

Inquiry

The Government has promised a massive acceleration in the rate of tree planting to help offset greenhouse gas emissions. But questions have been raised about whether the targets are the right ones, whether the right types of trees will be planted in the right places, and whether enough is being done to protect existing woodlands.

The inquiry will examine these questions and what lessons can be learnt from the failure to meet previous tree planting ambitions in England. It will also consider how to balance the drive to plant more trees with the many other benefits for health, nature, and the economy derived from woods and forests.

Read the call for evidence for more information about this inquiry.

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Past events

Tuesday 23 November 2021
2:00pm Private
2:30pm Public
Tree Planting and Woodlands - Oral evidence 23 November 2021
2:30pm
  • The Rt Hon Lord Goldsmith (Minister for Pacific and the Environment at the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office at Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
  • Edward Barker (Director, Natural Environment, Trees and Landscapes at Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
Room 6, Palace of Westminster
Tuesday 14 September 2021
2:00pm Private
2:30pm Public
Tree Planting and Woodlands - Oral evidence 14 September 2021
2:30pm
  • Judicaelle Hammond (Director of Policy and Advice at Country Land and Business Association (CLA))
  • George Dunn (Chief Executive Officer at Tenants Farmers Association)
  • Tom Bradshaw (Vice President at National Farmers' Union)
3:30pm
  • Sir William Worsley (Chair at Forestry Commission)
  • Steph Rhodes (Delivery Director at Forestry Commission’s England Tree Planting Programme)
  • Tony Juniper (Chair at Natural England)
  • Alan Law (Chief Officer Strategy and Deputy Chief Executive at Natural England)
Room 8, Palace of Westminster
Tuesday 13 July 2021
1:45pm Private
2:30pm Public
Tree Planting and Woodlands - Oral evidence 13 July 2021
2:30pm
  • Jill Butler (Director and chair at Forest of Selwood Community Interest Company)
  • Robin Gray (Development and Funding Officer at National Association of AONBs)
  • Dr Darren Moorcroft (Chief Executive Officer at The Woodland Trust)
3:30pm
  • Melanie Baines (Student Member at The United Kingdom Environmental Law Association)
  • Jenna Hegarty (Deputy-Director for Policy and Advocacy at Royal Society for Protection of Birds (RSPB))
  • Emi Murphy (Campaign Lead at Friends of the Earth)
Room 8, Palace of Westminster
Tuesday 15 June 2021
2:00pm Private
2:30pm Public
Tree Planting and Woodlands - Oral evidence 15 June 2021
2:30pm
  • Caroline Ayres (England National Manager at Confor)
  • Brian Fraser (Board Member and Member of Tree & Hedging Group at Horticultural Trades Association)
  • Hamish Macleod (Public Affairs Advisor at BSW Timber Group)
3:30pm
  • Shireen Chambers (Executive & Technical Director at Institute of Chartered Foresters)
  • David Sutherland (Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning & Transport at Buckinghamshire Council)
  • Jen Turner (Development Manager at Royal Forestry Society)
Room 8, Palace of Westminster

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  • Address: Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA