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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. 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 our forests.

That’s why we will: 

Volunteers planting trees in the forest

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. 

Connecting forests on a large scale can reduce the impact of pests and diseases and help make better forests for all. 

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:

Read our latest blogs

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Blog
24 July 2020
We caught up with Tim Powles, to see what being a Community Ranger is all about!
Boggy pool of water within a forest
Blog
23 July 2020
Explore the wonderful and wet world of bog habitats within the nation's forests. 
Family of four walking through the forest on a rocky path
Blog
21 July 2020
A walk in the woods can be a joy. Dappled light, soft trails underfoot, the sounds of wildlife puncturing the hush – these are the things that attract us back to the forest again and again. As wonderful as the woods can be, it pays to be prepared before you head out. Whilst the sun is shining at the moment, unpredictable weather and challenging terrain can always conspire to up the ante on an afternoon ramble. That’s why proper kit is essential to a safe and responsible day beneath the leaves. Our partners at Go Outdoors know a thing or two about prepping for all kinds of outdoors experience. So we asked them for some advice on what to wear - and how to prepare - for a walk in the forest.
Nightjar ground nesting
Blog
29 June 2020
We hear from recreation ranger Amy Howell on how we’re protecting vital habitats for rare species in the New Forest at this time.