Tree provenance in a changing climate - the Woodland Trust's position
This position statement sets out the Woodland Trust’s position on selecting suitable planting material (provenance).
It explores the scientific evidence on which provenances will be best adapted for UK sites in the long term.
It concludes that, for conservation objectives, there is no need to import southerly provenances of native tree species to support adaptation to climate change, and that this practice carries significant tree health and survival risks. The evidence indicates that native trees have a high capacity to adapt to change, especially if consideration is given to allowing regular cycles of natural regeneration.Download PDF (281 KB)
Where do our trees come from?
With increasing numbers of tree pests and diseases in the UK, it's important we have confidence in the trees we plant. Find out more about how our trees are sourced and grown.
Tree guards: our research into plastic-free alternatives
We've announced a bold new pledge in the war on waste: no more single-use plastic tree guards on our land from the end of 2021. The commitment puts us at the forefront of the movement to eradicate plastic from planting schemes UK-wide, and we are funding research to find viable alternatives.
When it comes to climate change, our message is clear: native woods and trees are one of the best ways to tackle the climate crisis.