Confor illustrates importance of anti-flood tree planting at Forestry APPG debate
Confor delegates recently attended a debate on flooding and tree planting at the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Forestry in Westminster.
The APPG heard from Confor's Technical Director Andrew Heald, Tom Nisbet of Forest Research and Austin Brady from The Woodland Trust about the practical ways planting trees can help reduce flood risks as part of broader package of natural flood management measures.
Mr Heald presented Confor's new discussion paper, Forestry and Flooding, and Mr Neil Parish (MP for Tiverton and Honiton and member of Timber Industries APPG) asked a series of probing questions of the experts on the practical issues of planting more trees and the impact this would have on farming and local communities.
Ms Anne-Marie Trevelyan (MP for Berwick-upon-Tweed and member of Timber Industries APPG) explained how her proposal to increase tree planting from 11 million to 200 million trees by 2020 has being discussed by the UK Government.
Confor Chief Executive Stuart Goodall, who facilitated the APPGF discussion alongside Chris Davies MP, commented: "This was an excellent and constructive meeting with a range of different bodies debating what practical actions can be taken to move things forward. It is now all about where and how to plant trees in upland river catchments, not whether to do it."
"The Group was attended by a wide range of interested parties - Forestry Commission England, The Green Party and the House of Parliament's Office of Science and Technology as well as The Woodland Trust and Forest Research - as it is really important to build a broad consensus on this important issue", Mr Goodall added.