Prof David Coomes, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge
The UK’s woodlands store 1.1 billion tonnes of carbon and act as a "net carbon sink" that currently removes 5% of the country’s CO2 emissions from the atmosphere. However, we are one of Europe's least wooded countries and the carbon sink is gradually declining over time. The government's response is to establish over 30,000 hectares of new woodlands per year by 2025, providing a nature-based solution to the climate crisis whilst benefitting biodiversity and human wellbeing.
Join Prof Coomes in a discussion about whether this commitment is an example of greenwashing or a golden opportunity to restore nature to our countryside.