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Climate crisis and the nation's forests

We are working to protect the nation’s forests so that future generations can still enjoy them.

We know our climate is in crisis and our forests may be in trouble too. The threat and impact to our trees from pests and diseases is increasing and we need to build resilience. We are making sure our forests have the best chance to thrive despite the challenges.

We are experts. We use the latest science and evidence to help us plan, plant and safeguard the nation's forests. That’s why we will: 

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Grow our forests

With more trees and more forests, we will have cleaner air to breathe and more sustainable wood to use.

Trees reduce the impact of climate change by absorbing carbon dioxide as they grow and storing it as carbon in wood.
Planting new areas of forest means we can lock up more.

We are committed to growing the nation’s forests by creating new woodlands.

Be more connected

Joining up woodland across the landscape to make bigger forests for wildlife to thrive. 

We are connecting forests on a large scale can reduce the impact of pests and diseases and help make better forests for all. We will continue to restore other vital habitats and ecosystems, for wildlife and climate. 

Red squirrel eating a nut
Aeriel view of cuttings in pots at a nursery

Be more diverse

Growing different types of tree that will survive in the changing climate.

We are designing forests that will thrive in the conditions we expect in 2050 and beyond. We are choosing different species and sourcing them from places where the climate is similar to how our climate could look up to 100 years from now. We will continue to diversify the trees we plant and choose the best trees for the future.

Take action

Helping our trees and forests to be in better condition than ever.

We are protecting our forests by only supplying healthy trees for planting. All our tree nurseries have thorough biosecurity checks to minimise risk of pests and diseases. We monitor tree health and manage our forests to prevent or control outbreaks. 

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Find out more

Read the Forestry Commission's statement on planting resilient trees in response to the climate emergency:

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