In a parliamentary question yesterday, Finlay Carson (SCAUP) asked the Scottish Government how many hectares of new woodland have been created through the New Woodland Investment Programme since September 2017.
Fergus Ewing answered:
Since April 2017 2,055 hectares of woodland have been created by Forest Enterprise Scotland and Forestry and Land Scotland through the New Woodland Investment Programme.
So, imagine 2 055 sports fields full of trees in only two years and in June, we reported:
‘Scotland has surpassed its targets for planting more trees across the country, official figures show. According to Scottish Government statistics, 11,200 hectares of new planting was undertaken in Scotland last year – above the current annual target of 10,000 hectares. The number of trees planted in Scotland also represents a total of 84% of all new planting across the UK.’