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Well-managed forests can last forever

Forests care for us. Together we care for forests for the future.  We are making sure our forests have the best chance to thrive despite the challenges ahead of us.

We put sustainability at the heart of managing the nation’s forests, growing and harvesting timber in ways that support the oxygen, water and carbon cycles. 

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Look around - how many wood products can you see? Beautiful, strong and renewable; wood is an extraordinary natural material with endless uses.

From tree to timber, we are the largest supplier of sustainable timber grown in England. 

In British forests, sustainably harvesting timber is an essential part of the forest lifecycle as it makes space for regrowth and develops robust, healthy and diverse forest areas. These forests provide habitats for wildlife to thrive and spaces for people to enjoy. 

Did you know? For every one cubic metre of wood grown, roughly one tonne of carbon dioxide is taken out of the atmosphere by the tree.

Our forestry experts use the latest science and evidence to help us plan, plant and safeguard our forests. 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 could be 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.

Forest from the sky
Bedgebury National Pinetum Nursery Polytunnel shelf

Our forests are vital for our future. With careful planning and expert management they will thrive. That’s why our nurseries grow 16 million new trees every year to replant forests across Britain and create new areas of woodland across the country. 

We source seeds from places where the climate today could be similar to site conditions 100 years from now to give our forests the best chance.

Ground preparation for Rushy Knowe tree planting in Kielder Forest
Article
28 October 2019
We are committed to growing the nation’s forests, creating new woodlands for you to enjoy, wildlife to flourish and businesses to grow.
Timber stack in the woods with a forwarder placing logs in the distance
Article
19 February 2020
England’s forests provide wood that is part of our everyday lives. Find out how the trees we grow end up in your home.
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Resource
26 November 2018
A plan for each local forest area sets out how we aim to manage the woodlands in our care over the next 30 or more years.
Old photo of workers planting trees at a tree nursery
Video
It starts with just a seed. Great things take time. From the depth of their roots, climbing their way through the dirt, they weave their way skywards. Earth, air, water, light. They turn the tiny into the mighty. Watch our video and learn how we celebrated 100 years of forestry.