Tree planting statement

The UK has a target to deliver 19% woodland cover as a key part of the country’s response to the climate and ecological emergency, and target of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

We recognised the climate emergency in May 2019 and committed, through the Energy and Low Emissions Strategy, to set a target of net-zero emissions by 2050, and create an action plan for the county.

In October 2019 we also committed to plant a tree for every person in Kent, which totals just over 1.5 million.

Increasing tree cover will be an important part of the council and county’s strategy for reaching a net-zero target.

Over the coming year, we will determine:

  • how we can better protect and restore our existing trees and native woodland
  • where in the county do opportunities exist for the creation, restoration and protection of woods and trees
  • what contribution can we make to the national target of 19% UK woodland cover by 2050
  • how to ensure any new tree cover not only provides a role in the storage of carbon, but also supports the recovery of the county’s wildlife and benefits its residents.

Trees are just one of the natural solutions to climate change.

As an authority, we will consider the opportunities offered by other solutions such as grassland, wetland and saltmarsh.

Our commitment to increase tree cover is part of a wider strategy for the protection, restoration and creation of natural solutions to mitigate and adapt to climate change, support biodiversity and promote multiple benefits.

If you are planting your own trees, read our tree planting advice.