The Woodland Trust

Publication date:

November 2023

Publication type:

Policy paper



Trees And Woods At The Heart Of Nature Recovery In Northern Ireland document cover

We are in a nature crisis. Northern Ireland is one of the most nature-depleted countries in the world – ranking 12th worst of 240 countries. With the government committing to halt the decline of species by 2030 and increase the abundance of wildlife thereafter, urgent action is needed.

Our Trees and woods: at the heart of nature recovery in Northern Ireland report shows the central role that trees and woods should play in recovering nature in Northern Ireland. It also provides recommendations for national and local government to implement to make this happen.

The report outlines principles for nature recovery at three scales – landscape, woodland and tree scale – and demonstrates the need to not only focus on planting new trees, but to protect and restore the woodland and trees that Northern Ireland already has. Only then can we nurture the resilient, dynamic ecosystems needed to help nature recover – and thrive.

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