Richard Benwell, candidate for Wantage Constituency started early on the Liberal Democrats' pledge to plant 60 million trees every year.
Speaking at a tree planting event at Faringdon Cycle Park, he said: "Trees are the lifeblood of the planet. Planting trees is one of the most viable ways of removing carbon from the atmosphere and is vital for achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions.
"Reforesting will have other benefits such as helping reverse our declining biodiversity, reducing air pollution and improving public spaces. It will also increase the use of timber products in construction, which capture carbon and reduce construction emissions."
The climate emergency is destroying our natural environment and threatening our children’s futures. It’s clear that the Conservative Party doesn’t take climate change seriously.
Just 13% of the UK is currently covered by woodland, far below the European Union average of 35%.
The Conservatives have woefully failed to meet their own targets for planting trees in the past year. Only 1,420 hectares of trees were planted in England in the year to March 2019, 71% short of the Conservative government’s target of 5,000 hectares for the same period.
Party Leader Jo Swinson calls it the 'largest tree-planting programme in UK history’. "We see the climate crisis for what it is: a crisis. That’s why we’ve come up with a radical and ambitious plan to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045, and to halve emissions by 2030 compared to today."