‘Tree planting is important but no substitute for tackling road emissions’
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Environmental campaigners have condemned the chancellor’s budget plan to spend £60m on tree planting while £30bn is being pledged for roads.
They highlighted the contrast between the money the government is vowing to spend on improving green spaces and how much it is putting towards infrastructure that they fear will encourage driving and damage the environment.
The remaining £50m will be used to buy carbon credits from landowners who plant woodland, the Treasury said.
But hours earlier, the government revealed it would be putting £30bn – 500 times as much – towards roads.
That money – ringfenced vehicle excise duty – will be used to upgrade and repair major routes including motorways, as well as fixing potholes.
But it may also go towards building new roads.