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Environmental benefits

You can help protect woodlands from pests and diseases, tackle the effects of  flooding, and improve soil quality by managing your woodlands. We can all help our woods and forests to adapt and become resilient to environmental change.

Your managed woodland will benefit from reduced risk of tree health issues as planning for environmental change will address the conditions that might encourage diseases and pests.

Since tree crops take many years to mature, the planning horizons for forestry are long. Actions taken now may only prove their worth in 50-100 years’ time and must be appropriate for both current and future climates. Diversification is at the core of woodland adaptation and ensuring resilience in the future.

Trees also help us all to adapt to a changing climate. They provide shade, alleviate flooding, and create resilient wildife habitats to keep ecosystems intact. Getting woodlands into active management is critical to their longer term resilience to climate change.

Forests and climate change

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Last updated: 10th August 2016

What's of interest

Funding opportunities are available via the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) to help make England’s agriculture and forestry sectors more competitive, improve the quality of life in rural areas and diversify rural economies.

The Countryside Stewardship scheme provides farmers, land managers and foresters access to funding to protect, improve and expand their woodland. As part of this, support is available year-round to create a woodland management plan.

Forestry businesses can also access funding to help them enhance the value of a woodland or improve a forestry product.

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