Sharing knowledge: Ten case studies on building resilience into our woodlands - Royal Forestry Society

Ten case studies feature in a new report to share the experiences of woodlands facing up to the challenges of climate change.

looking up towards blue sky through dieback on mature ash trees
Ash dieback one driver for change in our woodland. (image via RFS)

The case studies in Managing for Resilience by the Royal Forestry Society (RFS) in partnership with the Forestry Commission represent a wide range of site types and locations.

Sites vary from the heavily gleyed soils of Northumberland, through the sandy soils of north Nottinghamshire, to the chalk of the South Downs. All are planning and planting to increase forestry resilience in the face of climate change and increased risks of pests and diseases.

RFS Chief Executive Christopher Williams says: “One of the greatest challenges for our foresters, woodland owners and managers is the task of making sure our woodlands are resilient to the uncertainties that climate change will bring.

“There is no one answer but what all these case studies have in common is a willingness to act now, to consider the advice that is available and to look at diverse species to spread the risks. The case studies cover a wide range of woodland management objectives and all are willing to share their experiences further. It is a must read for all who are looking to develop their woodland.”

A short companion report Resources for Managing Woodland for Resilience contains free and easily accessible resources on the aspects of forest management linked to resilience, from climate change impacts and adaptation to surveying and maintenance of the soil resource.

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Posted On: 30/07/2021

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