Climate change: Ireland plans to plant 440m trees by 2040

Farm land to be used for some of the 8,000 hectares of new forestry every year

The target is for 70% coniferous trees and 30% broad leaf. Photograph: istock

The target is for 70% coniferous trees and 30% broad leaf. Photograph: istock

Twenty-two million trees are to be planted every year in Ireland over the next two decades as part of a plan to tackle climate change, the Government has said.

While the Government’s climate action plan, published in June, proposed 8,000 hectares – or 19,768 acres – of new forestry every year in a bid to capture carbon emissions, it did not specify the number of trees involved.

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