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. Alongside creation of new woodland, management is vital if we are to ensure that all the benefits are to be realised.
This timely conference examined the ways in which bold ambitions and targets for tree planting and increased woodland cover can be met in England and Wales. The event will consider:
- 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.
This is an event for those who consider themselves stewards of trees as well as those who don't. Our 2020 conference (which moved online due to Covid-19) invovled 200 delegates, including land owners and managers in the public, private and third sectors, policy advisors, regulators, research providers and local authorities.
Our programme is currently in development.
If you missed the inaugural Accelerating Woodland Creation Conference on 25th March 2020, remember that you can 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.