How do we equip our landscape to be more able to bounce back from all these impacts and to ensure that we will have native trees, woods and wildlife for future generations to enjoy?
Protecting the woods we have got and planting a wider range of native trees are both essential in preparing our landscapes for the future.
This means having a broader mix of tree species, having a more diverse woodland structure and a good range of trees of different ages and stages of life. We also want to have better networks of connected woodland habitat that allows natural regeneration of woods and give more opportunities for wildlife to move around the landscape and colonise and re-colonise new areas.
But to really make the difference, we will have to go much further than that.
The Woodland Trust’s plans for the next ten years include increasing tree planting across the whole countryside in a wide range of circumstances: not just planting whole new woods but tens of thousands of new trees in hedgerows, along roadsides, riversides, in school grounds, close to communities and in towns. This means millions of new trees - delivering this project will be a major piece of work and businesses will be so important to this.
This will mean getting the right kind of tree planting and new woodland into the right places - and working with a wide range of communities, landowners and partners to deliver it.