National Trust's plans for 20 million 'right trees in right places' take root – In Your Area

Area Ranger James Robbins breaks ground for the new hedge-Buckland Abbey. Credit Alex Prain & NT Images

The National Trust has planted thousands of young saplings in areas across the UK as part of its ambitions to attract more wildlife, create new homes for nature, protect landscapes prone to flooding and to help in the fight against climate change.

The conservation charity has planted 60,000 trees over recent months, despite the coronavirus pandemic, kickstarting plans to plant and establish 20 million trees across England, Wales and Northern Ireland by 2030.

Other areas will be set aside for natural regeneration with fenced areas to limit grazing by livestock.

With a focus on planting the right trees in the right places and minimising any release of carbon through soil disturbance, several projects are underway in Wales, the south west, south east, north of England and Northern Ireland.

The rate of planting will

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