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Chamber and committees

Question ref. S6W-10338
Asked by: Maurice Golden, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
Date lodged: 16 August 2022

Question

To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to ban plastic tree guards and promote the use of delayed biodegradable tree guards.

Current status: Answered by Mairi McAllan on 1 September 2022


Answer

The Scottish Government is fully supportive of efforts to remove, reduce or recycle plastics used in the woodland and forest environment. Forestry and Land Scotland is moving away from plastic tree shelters and using more biodegradable ones. More work is needed, however, on biodegradable and compostable alternatives before a ban on plastic tree guards is possible. Scottish Forestry is supporting research to test alternatives with partners in the public and private sectors across UK and Ireland.