William Worsley has been appointed ‘tree champion’ by environment secretary Michael Gove, in order to drive forward planting rates and prevent the unnecessary felling of street trees.
Worsley, currently the chair of the National Forest Company, has been tasked with setting a bold direction for the country’s forests and woodlands over the next 25 years, and supporting the government’s manifesto commitments to plant 11 million trees, plus a further one million in towns and cities.
Gove said: “We have a responsibility to make sure the next generation inherit the woodlands, forests and trees they deserve. We are beginning to see good progress in growing tree cover, but we need to go further – and faster.
“I’m confident Sir William Worsley will bring the expertise and vision required to rapidly drive forward planting rates and prevent street trees being felled.”
Worsley added: “I am delighted to be appointed as the government’s Tree Champion. Trees and woods are an important part of my life, as they are to local communities. They transform our landscapes, improve our health and wellbeing and help grow the economy.”