It’s now over six months since our Parliament declared a climate and environment emergency, but no plan to address this has been made. I want my MP to take decisive action, and ensure natural solutions are used to tackle the problem.
Native woods and trees are home to more than 25% of our most threatened species. They capture and store carbon in vegetation and soils, tackle pollution, fight flooding and provide shade.
On top of the vital role woods and trees play in combating climate change and restoring and protecting nature, they bring a wealth of benefits to our lives and communities - woods and trees make us happier and healthier.
To get my vote, I want you to make some simple promises:
- More trees: a major uplift in native tree cover backed by more funding, including for restoring and managing our woodlands for the future.
- Better protection: protection for our irreplaceable ancient woodland and trees, implemented right across government. Protection should apply to major infrastructure projects like HS2.
- Action on climate change and nature: world leading environmental legislation, governance and funding to fight the nature and climate emergency.
If you are elected you could help create a UK rich in woods and trees, harnessing nature’s potential to store carbon and create havens for wildlife. Our oldest and most valued trees and woodlands need a secure future, and we need a major uplift in tree cover through planting and natural regeneration. This must be backed up by stronger environmental legislation and accountability and the resources required to make a real difference.