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S6W-01963: Monica Lennon (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 3 August 2021

To ask the Scottish Government whether it achieved its plan to complete the development of 12,000 hectares of woodland in 2020-21.

Answered by: Mairi McAllan 7 September 2021

National statistics (UK) released on 17 June show that 10,660 hectares of new woodland was created in Scotland in 2020/21, the equivalent of over 21 million trees in the ground and around 80% of all trees planted across the UK

However COVID restrictions, combined with heavy rain and snow across most of Scotland in March, resulted in unavoidable delays to planting. Despite this we achieved 89% of the woodland creation target in 2020-21 and the remaining 11% was planted during the remainder of the planting season in April, May and June, during the first 100 days