The government’s covi-19 recovery strategy includes (largely already committed) money for ‘shovel ready’ projects covering hospitals, schools and transport. But, apart from a recommitment to reforest parts of the country by planting more than 75,000 acres of trees every year by 2025, there is little to please the environmental sector.

There is just £40m for local conservation projects and little else on the green aspects of the recovery. The much-delayed National Infrastructure Strategy, which will outline how £100bn will be spent over this parliament, will not be published until the Autumn.

Read the speech here

Read more at edie, including reaction from green groups, and in the Guardian

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