Accelerating tree planting & woodland creation in England

Missed the Accelerating Woodland Creation Conference on 25th March? You can now purchase access to the recorded videos and presentations from the day, including afternoon addresses by Government Minister Lord Goldsmith and Forestry Commission Chairman Sir William Worsley. Click here

An online interactive conference. This highly successful event, involving over 190 people, took place on 25th March.

Driven by climate change mitigation concerns, government throughout the UK is seeking a significant acceleration in tree planting rates and an increase in woodland cover. The private sector and the third sector have also set out ambitious woodland creation goals, involving planting rates many times greater than those achieved in recent decades. This is a particular challenge in England, where rates of planting have changed little in recent years.

When woodlands are well designed and managed, they have the potential to yield significant social and economic benefits for generations to come. Climate adaptation requirements are one part of this. Opportunities for businesses and local communities may result.

This timely conference examined the ways in which bold ambitions and targets for tree planting and increased woodland cover can be met in England. It focused on:

  • The developing business case for land owners and managers to become involved in woodland creation and management: grants, revenue and opportunity costs.
  • Actions that will grow national capability for woodland creation and management: nursery stock, biosecurity, skills and infrastructure.


Members of the forest industries · land owners and managers in the public, private and third sectors · policy advisors · regulators · research providers · local authorities


Our programme included an exciting mix of expert presentations and panel discussion that covered:

  • Finance and the business case for woodland creation
  • Woodland in and around urban centres
  • National capability for woodland creation and management


Strutt & Parker and Grown in Britain were the Lead Partners for the event.  Forest Carbon and J & A Growers were our Conference Partners.