Scottish Forestry reports positive progress on tree planting

29 June 2021

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Scottish Forestry has reported that Scotland’s woodland creation continues to grow, with around 89% of the 12,000-hectare target being achieved in 2020, despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

Scotland’s forests and woodlands play an important role in tackling climate change, extracting around 9.5 million tonnes of harmful carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions every year. Of the total new woodlands, at least 3,000 hectares were native species, meeting the commitment in Scotland’s biodiversity strategy to plant between three and five thousand hectares of native woodland each year. 

Source: Scottish Forestry, 17 June 2021