A new report from the Woodland Trust has found that only 7% of the UK’s native woodland are in good condition.
Woodlands in the UK has reached a crisis point amid destruction, diseases and pollution.
“It’s reaching crisis point,” said Abi Bunker, the director of conservation at the Woodland Trust.
“The warning signs are loud and clear. If we don’t tackle the threats facing our woods and trees, we will severely damage the UK’s ability to address the climate and nature crises. Green spaces that are rich in wildlife, bird song and blossom are also intrinsically linked to our own health and wellbeing.”
Not only does the UK more woodland area but needs to focus on biodiversity within these spaces.
Since 1990, the UK has seen 19 new damaging tree pests and diseases. Pollution from farming is also have a huge impact on our forests.
A spokeswoman for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said: “We have committed to increase woodland creation across the UK to 30,000 hectares per year by 2025, as well as protecting existing woodlands.”
“We have already announced the Nature for Climate Fund and will shortly publish our action plan for trees and woodland, which will help us meet this target by ensuring we plant new high-quality, well-managed woodlands and improve the condition and resilience of existing ones,” she added.