2 055 Murrayfield stadiums full of trees in only 2 years!

Murrayfield stadium is around one hectare in size.

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.’

Published by johnrobertson834

Retired Professor of Media Politics Not-for-profit independent political analysis

2 thoughts on “2 055 Murrayfield stadiums full of trees in only 2 years!

  1. Hi John – very encouraging news about the increasing areas of Scotland planted with new woodland under the SNP Scottish Govt New Woodland Investment Project. I noticed some equally encouraging trends identified with regard to Scottish Island populations. (Beeb Scotland reported this on their website so I have to assume the regular editor is on holiday and the ‘stand in’ let this positive item slip through the filters – or am I being unfair?). Link and snippets below:


    Scottish island populations are showing signs of increasing after years of decline, according to researchers and community groups.

    The James Hutton Institute, Scotland’s Rural College, Community Development Lens and Community Land Scotland have been gathering evidence of growth.

    Their examples include populations in Colonsay and West Harris.

    The organisations said young people choosing to stay or return to island communities was a factor.

    They have issued a joint statement, called the Islands Revival Declaration, to highlight “green shoots” of population growth.

    The groups said the rises had still to show up in official statistics, such as the Census.

    Colonsay has seen “modest increases” with 106 people in 1991, 113 in 2001 and 132 in 2011, according to Census figures.

    The groups said they expected the upward trend to continue into 2021.

    In Harris, work by the West Harris Trust community group, which includes building affordable homes, has been credited with increasing the population in that part of the island from 119 in 2012 to 151 in 2019.


  2. Anent trees: The Woodland Trust also announced that it had surpassed tree planning targets for 2021 already. Perhaps their data has been included in your figure, but, since I am sure they would (wood?!) rate a mention, that their figures are not. So, possibly the amountb of planting is even higher.


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