Tree survey shows lack of knowledge

Fewer that half of under-25s know that conkers come from horse chestnuts, according to a survey linked to British Tree Week.

But nearly nine-tenths of over-55s answered correctly, said Bosch Lawn & Garden, which launched the event last week. People from Norwich knew most about trees while Glaswegians knew the least, the survey of 1,000 people found.

Meanwhile, the UK remains one of the least wooded countries in Europe with just 13 per cent of forest cover. "From more than 18,000ha of new planting a year 10 years ago, rates are less than half that figure," said the Woodland Trust on the figures issued by the Forestry Commission.


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