Report's call for 50% more UK forest cover welcomed by industry

The Committee on Climate Change's report "Land use: Reducing emissions and preparing for climate change" has been welcomed for its emphasis on forest restocking.

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Stuart Goodall, Chief Executive of forestry and wood industry body Confor said: "This independent, expert report reaffirms, yet again, that we need to get serious about planting more trees if we are to meet our commitments to mitigate climate change."

He added: "It’s also fantastic to see broad support for the tree planting conclusions from farmers to environmentalists, though the latter recognise that the UK Government is doing far too little and needs to massively up its game."

The report published today urges increasing UK forest cover from the current 13% to "up to 19%" by 2050 among a series of land policy measures to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

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