(c) Galloway Gazette

On Friday in Holyrood, Finlay Carson (SCAUP), fed the Scottish Government Minister by asking what work it had done to develop partnerships involving communities, public and private sector investors to plant more trees and create more woodlands since September 2017.

What a pass! Open Goal!

Veteran SNP Striker, Fergus Ewing, did score with a well-placed side-footer based on some serious data but seemed to miss the opportunity to burst the net with the news (below) that in 2018, Scotland did 84% of the UK’s total new tree planting despite having only 8% of the population!

Click to access WA20190920.pdf

Reported in the Independence City Courier in June 2019:

‘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.’

Scotland ‘ahead of the curve’ as tree planting targets surpassed

Note: Sensitive readers may be twitching as they read my mixed metaphors above but, in my defence, I was, probably, sub-consciously, ‘thinking’ of former Sunderland captain, Lee Cattermole, renowned for popping up in the middle of the field and biting the nearest ankle.