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    The UK needs to plant 68.4 million trees to offset its carbon emissions and North Lincolnshire has the highest number to plant with almost 1.5 million trees required annually.
    That’s according to a study conducted CompareTheMarket.com, which analyses annual emissions from 379 local authorities (342,004,200 tCO2) in the UK to calculate the number of trees needed every year to counteract their total carbon footprint (68,400,840 trees).
    Local authorities that would need to plant the most trees: 

    Rank

    Local authority

    Region

    Annual emissions (tCO2)

    Annual trees needed to offset carbon footprint

    1

    North Lincolnshire

    Yorkshire and the Humber

    7,445,200

    1,489,040

    2

    Neath Port Talbot

    Wales

    6,505,800

    1,301,160

    3

    Birmingham

    West Midlands

    4,129,400

    825,880

    4

    Leeds

    Yorkshire and the Humber

    3,904,900

    780,980

    5

    Cheshire West and Chester

    North West

    3,620,400

    724,080

    6

    High Peak

    East Midlands

    2,832,900

    566,580

    7

    Fife

    Scotland

    2,804,900

    560,980

    8

    Wiltshire

    South West

    2,694,500

    538,900

    9

    Cornwall

    South West

    2,690,900

    538,180

    10

    East Riding of Yorkshire

    Yorkshire and the Humber

    2,660,900

    532,180

    North Lincolnshire is the local authority that requires the highest number of trees to offset its CO2 emissions as it’s home to the Tata-owned Appleby-Frodingham steel plant, one of the largest and most successful steelworks in Europe. With annual emissions of 7,445,200 tCO2, the area needs to plant 1,489,040 trees to make it carbon neutral.

    Neath Port Talbot followed in second place, needing 1,301,160 trees to offset their carbon emissions of 6,505,800 tCO2.

    Two of the country’s major cities filled the next two spots as Birmingham and Leeds took third and fourth place respectively.

    Local authorities that would need to plant the least trees: 

    Rank

    Local authority

    Region

    Emissions (tCO2)

    Annual trees needed to offset carbon footprint

    1

    Isles of Scilly

    South West

    9,400

    1,880

    2

    Argyll and Bute

    Scotland

    57,500

    11,500

    3

    Oadby and Wigston

    East Midlands

    179,300

    35,860

    4

    Highland

    Scotland

    190,200

    38,040

    5

    Orkney Islands

    Scotland

    192,400

    38,480
    You can read the entire entire study here.
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