Scotland woodland cuts will ‘torpedo’ climate targets

By Ginny Sanderson
The Scotland Herald
January 15, 2024
Category: Forestry
Region: International

“Enormous” cuts to forestry will “torpedo” Scotland’s chances of meeting its climate targets, Woodland Trust Scotland and Confor have said. The conservation charity and timber industry body have condemned proposals for a “massive” 41% cut in the funding to support woodland creation and management through the Forestry Grant Scheme. Scottish Forestry is facing cuts of more than £32 million from its grant budget following the Budget announcement by Finance Secretary Shona Robison last month. Alastair Seaman, director of Woodland Trust Scotland, said: “The Scottish Government must remember that warm words won’t stop climate change or restore nature. “We need investment in new woodland – and fast – if we are to have any hope of a strong economy and a healthy landscape in the years to come.

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