“A few years ago, we were planting six thousand trees a year, but now there are 15,000 and we want the number to rise to 25,000,” says Adam Owen, director of the Moore Trees nursery in southwest England.
“Three years ago, I didn’t have to hire a single person to see if we could plant trees for them,” he says, passing through neatly paved rows of beech trees. The people are the ones who come to us.”
Money is flowing from all sides: from government funding to donations from companies or individuals. At the Eden Project, a reforestation NGO, the budget has increased from “$5 million in 2019 to $26 million” this year, with its activities expanding in eight countries, according to its director, Stephen Fitch. The organization hopes to raise $120 million in 2023.
Britain is still lagging behind in this regard; Only 13% of British territory is covered in forests, compared to an average of 31% to 50% in Europe.
The government aims to plant 30 million trees annually as of 2025. However, this ambitious goal is complicated by the difficulty of finding land, many of which are built, planted, or contain habitats that need to be protected. Some farms are engaged in this activity, which constitutes a new source of income, especially for breeders, in light of the decline in meat consumption in Britain.
Briony James, director of public activities at Moore Trees, points to the “remarkable increase in recent years in the number of volunteers” who play a “essential role; Because planting trees takes a long time.”
She asserts that these volunteers can “help reforestation” in their areas after learning the method of farming.
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