Before Coronavirus overtook all of our lives the Government were making major noises about greatly increasing the area of new tree planting each year. Indeed back at the last general election it seemed almost like an auction as to which political party could bid highest. The Committee on Climate Change have advocated planting 30,000 hectares of new woodland a year as part of a national solution to become carbon neutral by 2050 and this is the basis of current government thinking. Continue reading
There is much speculation regarding how the forthcoming Environmental Land Management Schemes (ELMS) will benefit farmers as EU basic farm payments are withdrawn. Many farmers see ELMS as being a simple extension of the existing Countryside Stewardship Scheme (CS) but politicians are asking why should the Government give £3 billion each year to Agriculture in the first place? Surely farmers need to justify and prove this level of benefit to society. Continue reading
Climate change is rarely out of the news these days, and tree planting is one of the solutions put forward to take carbon out of the atmosphere. It can certainly work in the short term; a good conifer plantation grows at over 20 cubic metres per hectare per annum, which is awful lot of carbon. Native species such as oak are slower growing, usually less than 10 cubic metres per hectare per annum.