Regeneration and sustainable silviculture

This project aims to investigate practical methods of adapting forest regeneration to increase resilience to climate change and biotic threats, whilst maintaining productivity.

Research objectives

There are 3 main research areas within the project:

Further general information and related services on regeneration and sustainable silviculture can be found on our resources and guidance pages

Status

The research programme is ongoing and is reviewed at regular intervals.

Contact

Ian Willoughby 

Funders and partners

This research is funded by the Forestry Commission Regeneration and sustainable silviculture programme.

Other funders include Forest Enterprise England, Forest Enterprise Scotland, Forestry Commission Scotland, Natural Resources Wales, Defra, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew.

Forestry Commission policy

Successful regeneration is fundamental for sustainable woodland management in the UK. Regeneration is therefore an essential prerequisite for a wide range of Forestry Commission policy objectives, and this programme provides a vital source of scientifically backed expertise in this area. New challenges for the practice of regeneration are posed in particular by climate change and the emergence of new pests and diseases, but also by increasing interest in alternative species; continuous cover forestry; natural regeneration; restoration; woodland expansion; and by changes to policy, legislation and certification.

To reflect these challenges the key objective for this research programme is - adapting forest regeneration to increase resilience to climate change and biotic threats, whilst maintaining productivity.