Date lodged: 24 July 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what new tree planting and afforestation it has planned for the next 10 years.
Answered by: Fergus Ewing 16 August 2018
The Climate change plan is available online here:
The current area of woodland in Scotland is 1,440,000 hectares and this represents 18% of the Scottish land area (around 8 million hectares). To achieve 21% woodland cover will require around 240,000 hectares of woodland creation, or an average of 17,000 hectares of woodland creation between 2018 and 2032.
Historically Scotland’s annual woodland creation figure has varied considerably, ranging from a maximum of over 30k hectares in the early 1970s to a low of 2.7k hectares in 2010.
Annual figures can be found here: https://www.forestresearch.gov.uk/documents/5145/planting1976-2018.xls