16 December 1998
More trees for the countryside
THE English countryside will get more trees courtesy of a big increase in the rate of tree planting, the government said yesterday.
Junior agriculture minister Elliot Morley said the plan is to bring jobs to the countryside, new life to derelict land, opportunities for leisure and tourism and safe havens for wildlife.
The rate of planting will be doubled over the next five years to boost tree numbers, which cover just 7% of England, one of the smallest proportions in Europe.
Other government departments would be brought in alongside the Ministry of Agriculture and might provide an extra £40m to add to the Forestry Commissions £40m annual budget.
tree grants – 30 September 1998
tree planting – 13 February 1998