The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) are the UK government department responsible for safeguarding our natural environment, supporting our world-leading food and farming industry, and sustaining a thriving rural economy.
The trees planted as part of The Queen’s Green Canopy initiative will contribute to the Government target of planting 30,000 hectares per year across the UK by the end of the Parliament.
Last summer the Government consulted on a new England Tree Strategy to accelerate tree planting and improve the management of our existing trees and woodlands. The responses will help shape policies to plant and look after more trees for the climate, nature, people and the economy, which will soon be set out in an England Tree Action Plan.
The Forestry Commission is the non-ministerial government department responsible for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woodlands. The Forestry Commission work closely with Defra to deliver on the Government’s tree planting and woodland creation commitments.