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Planting 200 million trees could generate £500 million annually

Planting 200 million trees could generate £500 million annually

More than 200 million new trees should be planted in Britain according to researchers at the University of East Anglia (UEA). A new report published today reveals that converting almost 7,000 km2 of land (an area larger than the size of Cumbria) to forest could generate an income of £500 million annually. But careful consideration […]

Trees must feature in long-term local flood defence strategies

Trees must feature in long-term local flood defence strategies

The Government needs to focus on long-term investment to mitigate the risk of future flooding, as well as allocating funding for just short-term defence strategies. Today the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee released a statement calling for the Government to take action now to prevent the repeat of the devastation caused by winter […]

Government fails to meet its tree planting targets

Government fails to meet its tree planting targets

New statistics from the Forestry Commission released today show the rate of tree planting is far lower than is needed to meet Government targets – despite efforts by landowners who applied for woodland creation grants last year. Just 3,300 hectares of new woodland was planted in England in the 2013-14 planting season – an increase […]

Reports forecast timber availability from British forests over next 50 years

Reports forecast timber availability from British forests over next 50 years

These reports extend the 25-year forecasts published in 2011, and make specific presumptions about the extent and nature of replanting that will occur if and when existing forests are harvested. The forecasts are important aids to the development of forestry policy and to forest, woodland and infrastructure planning and management by the forestry and timber […]

Bangor University welcome call for more Forestry education

Bangor University welcome call for more Forestry education

Academics at Bangor University’s School of Environment, Natural Resources & Geography have welcomed the calls for universities to extend training and education in forestry to enable the country to cope with threats to our woodlands from diseases such as the recent Ash dieback. The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee report exposed shortcomings in the […]

Haglöfs donates trees with a new app

Haglöfs donates trees with a new app

This spring the outdoor company Haglöfs is launching an app which aims to connect the consumer’s outdoor activities with tree planting in East Africa. The project is run in cooperation with Vi Agroforestry, and represents yet another side of Haglöfs’ sustainability efforts. Being aware and taking responsibility are long-established watchwords for Haglöfs. Topics such as […]

Wild venison pilot secures big wins in the east

Wild venison pilot secures big wins in the east

A Forestry Commission hosted project across the East of England has made it easier for businesses to bring wild venison to supermarket shelves and help address some of the issues associated with a growing deer population in the region. Despite increasing sales of wild venison, it remains a difficult meat to source and extract from […]

New Forest trees count the cost of months of storms

New Forest trees count the cost of months of storms

Exceptionally wet and windy weather has seen New Forest tree experts inundated with enquiries about damaged and fallen trees. The New Forest National Park Authority’s Senior Tree Officer Bryan Wilson says that in his 25 years of caring for New Forest trees, he and his team has never had to issue so many notices for […]

India: first country to announce a national agroforestry policy

India: first country to announce a national agroforestry policy

India announced a US30–40 million investment in its first-ever national agroforestry policy designed to put more trees back on farms to benefit the people and the environment. The announcement was made my Rita Sharma, India’s Secretary of the National Advisory Council that helped develop the policy. She was speaking this week at the World Congress […]

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