About the job Never has there been a more important time for trees and forests to help tackle the climate emergency and provide a much- needed sanctuary for people and wildlife. Our government are committed to creating 30,000 hectares of woodland a year across the UK by the end of this Parliament. This acceleration in current planting rates in England will contribute to meeting the net-zero by 2050 ambitions, and to government’s wider environmental targets. This was supported by the announcement at the 11 March 2022 budget of £640m for a new Nature for Climate Fund ‘to support natural habitats like woodland and peat’.
The Department for the Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Forestry Commission have setup a joint tree planting programme for England to support the forestry sector, landowners and communities in the delivery of these ambitions. Forestry Commission will lead the delivery of the following parts of the tree planting programme:
• Sector capacity
• Planting on public land
• Planting on private land
• Promotion and engagement