Professional foresters will have a vital role when it comes to meeting the recommendations made today (Thursday 02 May) by the Committee on Climate Change for the UK to be carbon free by 2050, according to the Institute of Chartered Foresters.
Members of the Institute are already working with private and public land owners to plant new forests using marginal land. As well as working with farmers to see how smaller woodlands can benefit them and help with carbon capture.
The Committee, the UK Government’s official advisor on climate change, recommends that three billion trees need to be planted by 2050. Also that a fifth of farmland should be turned into forest, peatland or used for biomass crops and 200,000 miles of hedgerows need to be grown.
Commenting on the recommendations, Shireen Chambers, Executive Director of the Institute of Chartered Foresters, said:
“Professional foresters are ahead of the game. We are already working with land owners and farmers to show how trees can work in a sustainable, ecological and economic way.
“People know about the detrimental impact of plastic on the environment and now they are becoming more aware of the role trees play in combating climate change and capturing carbon.
“The Institute also has a vital role to play in terms of promoting forestry as a career for young people. Allowing then to see working in forestry as a profession where they can make a difference to our planet, not just now, but in decades to come.
“I welcome the report and hope that it will open up the debate even further on how trees can be the way forward in meeting climate change targets and how the UK can take a global lead on this.”