The UK needs to plant 1.5 billion trees to reach its carbon net-zero 2050 target

Around 15 million trees have been planted with government funding between 2010 and 2018, but the Committee for Climate Change (CCC) has said this is not enough.

The CCC is formed of experts in science, economics, and business said the amount of land in the UK devoted to woodland needed to increase by 4%, which is the equivalent to 1.5 billion new trees in order for the UK to meet its 2050 carbon net-zero target. Planting trees helps mitigate climate change by the absorption of carbon dioxide during photosynthesis.

Ethiopia recently planted 350 million trees in a single day in July, which is believed to be a new world record. Between May and October, Ethiopia planning to plant 4 billion trees. If every household in the Uk with a garden were to plant two trees each, it would only account for 3% of the 2050 target.

King and Co have been involved in planting projects such as the Stansted Airport Railway, Sizewell Power Station and Braintree bypass to name a few.

A selection of bareroot plants
A selection of bareroot tree, shrub and hedge plants.

As the bare root season (November to March) rapidly approaches, it is important to cite the positive impact smaller plants and trees have on the environment. King and Co stock a wide range of bare root plants, view the selection here.

Read more about bare root planting

How to plant bare root trees
How to plant bare root hedge plants
A native hedge on a budget – bare root plants


Shopping Online

You can buy trees, hedging, screening trees, shrubs and topiary online by browsing our website. If you do not see a plant or size that is suitable for you then please call as we stock a wide variety of plants in our tree nursery. It’s worth noting that many other websites sell other people’s stock (i.e. they act as an agent) so you cannot view the products at their own site. At King & Co, all of our advertised plants are available for viewing at our tree nursery in Rayne, near Braintree, situated just over an hours drive out of London. Our knowledgeable and experienced tree nursery staff is always contactable via phone on 01376 340469 or if you have any questions regarding any of our trees or accessories. If you cannot see what you require on our website, please complete the enquiry form. We will give it our urgent attention and will get back to you shortly with a solution that meets your needs.