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Ground preparation for Rushy Knowe tree planting in Kielder Forest

We are creating new woodlands in England

We’re the nation’s largest land manager. We look after more land and more trees than any other organisation in the country. 

Over the last century, woodland cover has doubled in England and we have planted over one billion trees. We are committed to growing the nation’s forests by creating new woodlands.

Forests are important: for nature, people and the economy. They flourish with careful planning and expert management. That’s our job.

Volunteers planting trees in the forest

Forests and climate crisis

The world is facing a climate crisis, and we need to create new forests. 

The government’s 25 year environment plan recognises that it is urgent to create new woodlands to lock up carbon from the atmosphere, and important to use more, sustainable wood products.

Trees in the nation’s forests currently store over 48 million tonnes of carbon, with a further 42 million tonnes in our soils and leaf litter. Planting new areas of forest means we can lock up more.

When creating a new forest, we look in great detail at site conditions such as soil, landscape and accessibility to help us decide what trees to plant and where. We also consider future climate conditions to give the trees we plant now the best chance to thrive. 

By using a natural capital approach we balance the benefits that forests offer society, by improving health and wellbeing, storing carbon, natural flood management, habitats for wildlife to thrive, as well as being a source of sustainable wood.

Bedgebury Pinetum bird firecrest
Photo credit: Simon Bound

Working with nature

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Working with people

When creating new woodlands we work with local communities, partners and experts so our new forests can provide the best, most sustainable balance for people, nature and the economy.

We publish our forest plans to help people have a say about how we manage the woodlands in our care, now and in the future. We think beyond our own generation, developing forests today while carefully planning the future. 

We are expert foresters and our forests are world-leading. As the largest outdoor recreation provider in the country, we also welcome people in to enjoy forests. 

Trees produce wood, a renewable raw material used by many British industries. Harvesting sustainable timber also helps to maintain healthy and diverse woodlands. We grow and harvest the timber in ways that support biodiversity and big natural processes, like oxygen, water and carbon cycles.

We put sustainability at the heart of what we do. We are the largest supplier of Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certified timber in England, and also achieve the standards of UK Woodland Assurance Standard (UKWAS) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC).

Timber stack in the woods

Sustainable wood

Discover our newest woodlands

Sence Valley new land centenary
48 hectares of land being planted with 100,000 trees to celebrate our centenary year in 2019
Rusky Knowe - view over Kielder water
100 hectares of new woodland in Kielder Forest, supported by the Woodland Carbon Fund
View of fields at Pleasant Farm soon to become new woodland
130 hectare site that we are creating into a new woodland, with planting to begin winter 2020


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A new woodland on a 100 hectare site, as part of the Great Northumberland Forest.
Tree saplings being grown at a tree nursery

From seed to tree

Discover how we grow our future forests from seed