National Trust targets net zero by 2030 with ambitious plan

The National Trust has signalled its ambition to become carbon net zero by 2030 with it announcing one of the UK’s biggest woodland expansion and tree planting projects.

Over the next 10 years, the Trust is aiming to plant 20mn new trees. More than 18,000 hectares of woodland will be strategically established across the UK under the plan – equivalent to 42 Sherwood forests – in a bid to lock up 300,000 tonnes of carbon. Other initiatives to reach the 2030 target include locking up carbon by maintaining peat bogs, investing in renewable energy and reducing the Trust’s carbon footprint.

It also is planning to unlock green spaces near urban areas as well undertaking a year-long campaign to inspire people to engage with nature, addressing a “worrying disconnect”.

National Trust Director General, Hilary McGrady, said: “As Europe’s biggest conservation charity, we have a responsibility to do everything we can to fight climate change, which poses the biggest threat to the places, nature and collections we care for. People need nature now more than ever. If they connect with it then they look after it. And working together is the only way we can reverse the decline in wildlife and the challenges we face due to climate change.”

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