Rosemary Venn, Coventry University
Some festive cheer? New legally binding environmental targets for the UK announced, including an increase in tree and woodland cover
The UK Government has recently announced new environmental targets as part of its Environmental Improvement Plan and Environment Act, which includes increasing tree and woodland cover - hooray!
The key targets are as follows:
A reason to celebrate is that these targets are legally binding. However, there is little to no information on how the Government proposes to meet these targets…
As AGROMIX we were obviously excited to see the tree and woodland targets. On closer inspection however, you better put your festive mulled wine back down… The proposed increase in tree cover to 16% would take the UK from 1.3 million ha (10%) to 2.1 million ha, just an additional 800,000 ha.
This is not an ambitious target, in anyway shape or form. Our farmers can do more and better than this!
And hey, UK Government, where’s SOIL HEALTH on your list? Without healthy soils, we can’t achieve any of these targets…
Read more on the new targets in the UK here