Somerset flooding: would you wear a ‘Save Eric Pickles’ T-shirt?
The British government is willing to pay people £144 per tree to chop it down and dispose of it.

Meanwhile, how much do you get paid if you plant one? £1.28 per tree.

The Government even lists the environmental benefits of chopping trees.

This item will support the removal of trees, helping to restore open habitats or prevent damage to environmental features.

Obviously, it’s much easier to plant a tree than chop one down. But is that giving out the right message?

More trees are good in themselves, but they’re also serve another important role: flood prevention!

It’s long been pointed out how UK farming practices are contributing to flooding through deforestation.

A report by the Forestry Commission in 2015 admitted that forests were needed to “reduce flood flows compared to other land uses”. Another paper estimated that reforesting just 5% of the land reduces flood peaks by around 29%, while full reforestation would reduce them by some 50%.

You would think the Tories learnt their lesson after recent flooding disasters.

  1. The reason for the disparity is that grown trees are 10,000 times bigger than saplings. It has nothing to do with “sending a message” and everything to do with reality.

  2. Bless their little cotton socks.
    A friend who did a forestry degree worked one summer in Scotland “planting trees”.
    The job consisted of throwing – yes, throwing, tiny seedlings point-first into marshy ground. It’s possible to plant several thousand a day this way.
    He’d have been delighted to been paid even £1.28 per tree.
    (NB: he wasn’t)

  3. I have several trees I would like to have cut down in my garden.

    Since you seem to believe that prices should follow political imperatives, can you please recommend someone to cut them down for £1.28 apiece?

  4. Sorry, why is the govt paying ANYTHING for EITHER of these two activities? What happens on private land, is to some extent, private. Why I, as a taxpayer, should be contributing towards the cost of planting or harvesting trees is beyond me. Could the “reporter” please find out why TAXPAYER money is being doled-out…?

  5. Political Scrapbook? This article is so touchingly naive that it must have been written by someone more familiar with colouring books.

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