Published today, the Environmental Improvement Plan sets out the actions we must take to help us restore nature, tackle environmental pollution, and increase the prosperity of our country. In this post, I’ll explain what the Environmental Improvement Plan means in the context of our work and, by extension, what this means for farmers and land managers in England. I’ll also share an update on the Farming in Protected Landscapes programme.
Payments to improve tree health
The Tree Health Pilot has been live for 8 months. In this post, we share what we've learned so far and include an invitation to owners of sweet chestnut trees and oak trees.
Trees give us oxygen. They store carbon. They help the soil and provide a habitat for wildlife. For these reasons and many more, protecting them from pests and diseases is important. With tree and woodland managers, we are designing a new range of grants as part of a future Tree Health scheme. I'll share more in this post.
Plants and trees contribute £9 billion every year in social and economic value, they also keep us alive. Our aim is to mitigate and minimise the impact of pests and diseases and improve the capacity of our trees to adapt to changing pressures. In this post, we outline how we plan to do this.