The changing climate presents a challenge for woodland managers and new approaches will be required to address potential threats which include drought, increased risks from pests and disease and wind damage. By actively adjusting the way we manage woodlands now to anticipate future changes, we can hope to increase their resilience and continue to deliver a wide range of goods and services for society.
To adapt our woodlands to the effects of climate change and to create new woodlands which will stand the test of time we need to make them more diverse.
We are committed to increasing the diversity of the woodlands we manage, and encourage other woodland owners to do the same.
To help achieve this we are providing guidance for managers.
A guide for increasing tree species diversity in Wales – will help guide you through the choice of species with the potential for planting in Wales.
Guidance for the use of slivicultural systems to increase woodland diversity – will help guide you through a range of silvicultural systems with the aim of reducing clear felling and increasing the use of Low Impact Silvicultural Systems (LISS)
Forest Research provide information on tree species and provenances. This information is continually being updated.