Confederation of Forest Industries call for action after tree-planting targets fall short

Scotland's tree and forestry businesses have called on their politicians to step in following the failure to hit Government tree-planting targets.

Stuart Goodall, chief executive of Confederation of Forest Industries, said: "All parties support the expansion of Scotland's forests.

"Yet the latest figures are likely to show we've again failed to meet targets for new planting. We need action now to tackle problems with the forestry grant scheme."

The Government's target aimed at 10,000 ha of new forest a year, but latest figures were likely to show planting levels had fallen to below 3,000 ha, he said.

"Planting is likely to be 7,000ha below target. Firms are cutting back and jobs are under threat, said Stuart Goodall. "We need action now to release the public funds."

He said the sector that delivered on climate change, contributed nearly £700m to the Scottish economy and was responsible for 40,000 jobs.

But a recent industry survey by the confederation found that over 50 per cent of businesses in the sector had postponed planned investment.


Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Read These Next

Business planning - cash-flow management

Business planning - cash-flow management

Wider market volatility can have a big impact on cash flow but there are ways to avoid problems, Neville Stein explains.

Chainsaws - Improving performance

Chainsaws - Improving performance

Battery chainsaws offer many advantages while innovative technology shelps the latest petrol models meet emissions standards, writes Sally Drury.

Chainsaws tested and reviewed: battery v petrol

Chainsaws tested and reviewed: battery v petrol

How do the latest battery models shape up against new petrol chainsaws when tested at Bridgwater College? Sally Drury reports.


Follow us on:
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Google +
Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

Horticulture Week Custodian Awards

Jeremy Barrell On...

Jeremy Barrell

Tree consultant Jeremy Barrell reflects on the big issues in arboriculture.

Products & Kit Resources