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There is now added urgency to adapting our woodlands to climate change – according to a report charting the progress of a five-year plan.

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There is added urgency to adapting our woodland to climate change. Read the full progress report here 

Chair of the Forestry Climate Change Working Group (FCCWG), Simon Lloyd, said: “Since the Climate Change Adaptation Plan was published a year ago by the FCCWG there have been a number of high-level reports charting the speed of climate change together with the Government’s recognition that we are facing a Climate Emergency.

 “The forestry sector is making progress towards delivery of the commitments made in the action plan but there is a tremendous amount still to be done before climate change is firmly at the heart of forestry policy and practice. The year ahead will provide opportunities for the FCCWG to provide considered input to the consultation on the English Tree Strategy.

 “ We will need to move more swiftly to see that once the right policies are in place, appropriate practice, backed up by valid research is developed and implemented.”  

The FCCWG is made up of 12 organisations representing a cross section of those who signed the 2015 Forestry Climate Change Accord. The Progress Report was unveiled at the Confor Woodland Show, Longleat. on 6 September.

The report focuses on the priority actions identified in the 2018 Action Plan. However, the 2018 National Adaptation Programme highlights that expanding the woodland resource through woodland creation and increasing the proportion of woodland in active management are also crucial activities - although both are proving challenging.

The proportion of woodland in active management remains static at 58% and rates of woodland creation have not accelerated as anticipated. Woodland creation and management initiatives and activities are material considerations for adaptation.

Read more about RFS Climate Change policies and the full report here