The Government’s Tree Champion Sir William Worsley has today been reappointed to continue his drive to accelerate tree planting rates.
The Tree Champion was first appointed last year, and was tasked with setting a bold direction for the country’s forests and woodlands over the next 25 years.
He will now continue to push for increased tree planting rates, calling on landowners to take up the mantle of tree planting by accessing the Government’s Woodland Creation Grant Scheme.
Government Tree Champion Sir William Worsley said:
“Trees transform our cities, connect us with the outdoors and help to tackle the impacts of our changing climate. That is why I am delighted to be reappointed as the government’s Tree Champion so I can continue my drive to ensure future generations enjoy a landscape rooted with trees.
“Now I am calling on land owners across the country to help me by taking up our woodland creation grants and tapping into the environmental and economic benefits of planting more trees.”
In the coming year the Tree Champion will continue to work with Ministers to drive up planting rates, with plans to consult on the upcoming Tree Strategy later this year.
Forestry Minister David Rutley said:
“I am happy to reappoint the Tree Champion for another year, and applaud his drive and determination over the past year to champion the importance of our precious woodlands.
“The role trees play in combatting climate change and improving our health and wellbeing cannot be underestimated, and I look forward to continuing to work closely with Sir William Worsley over the coming year.”