Chapter 10.2.2 Forests

Expand native woodland

Create targets and greater funding for native woodland creation, including more investment in productive broadleaf woodland.

Scottish Govt
Local Authorities
UK Govt
Emissions reduction
Behaviour change

To deliver the revised policy outcomes and policies, a clearer and greater level of support for native woodland expansion is necessary. Commercial forestry targets should include productive, native broadleaved species.

As well as overall woodland targets, the need for a greater focus on native woodlands should be demonstrated by minimum (as a proportion of total) targets for the creation and restoration of native woodlands. This would demonstrate the Government’s understanding of the links between the climate and biodiversity emergencies and show that efforts to address the former will not exacerbate the latter.

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Version 1.0: September 2023

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