Britain will treble its tree planting rates over the next three years to help reach its target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050, and combat climate change.
George Eustice, UK environment secretary, is set to announce that more than 17,000 acres of woodlands would be planted per year.
His statement read:
"We will make sure that the right trees are planted in the right places and that more green jobs are created in the forestry sector.’’
But it gave no other details regarding how many trees would be planted or where, or how much the planting scheme would cost or how it would be funded.
The statement also did not give a comparison figure for how many acres of woodland had been planted previously.
Britain is due to host the COP26 conference in Glasgow in November.The UK government said it was focused on four goals: securing global net zero, protecting communities and natural habitats from the impacts of climate change, mobilizing finance, and nations working together to accelerate action.
Britain's climate tsar and COP26 President Alok Sharma warned that world leaders must agree to end coal use at the November summit to prevent a climate catastrophe.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITAIN'S PRESIDENT FOR THE COP26 CLIMATE CONFERENCE, ALOK SHARMA. SAYING:
"Human activity is damaging our Earth. It is imperilling this brilliant jewel. The greenhouse gases that we've been pumping into the atmosphere since the Industrial Revolution are altering nature's precious balance, disrupting the finely tuned and fantastically complex system that is the world's climate.''