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Building Resilience

In London, increasing the resilience of the urban forest is a priority. Trees in cities face the greatest challenges – from a changing climate and the effects of the urban heat island to increased pest and disease risks due to global trade.

We want to ensure London’s trees are best placed to cope with future challenges by building a diverse, healthy tree and woodland landscape.

A key principle is ‘the right tree in the right place’. We also promote good management so trees are not vulnerable and can provide the full range of economic, social and environmental benefits they can.

Tree health and resilience conferences

In recent years experts from the Forestry Commission and other organisations have provided valuable information on tree threats, how we deal with them and how we build resilience to minimise their impact. A summary of the recent tree health conference held at RHS Wisley is now available and includes links to the presentations

Urban Forest Resilience - Kew gardens, 2014

Tackling the threats to London’s trees - Guildhall, City of London January 2013

Right Trees for a changing climate - We  worked with the Mayor of London and other partners in developing a database of trees to assist land management professionals in making the right tree species choices so that London is made more resilient in the face of climate change.

Oak Processionary Moth

We are working with other landowners and stakeholders to tackle the spread of Oak Processionary Moth, which presents a risk to both the health of oak trees and humans.

OPM Advisory Group page - details our liaison work. 

Chalara Ash Dieback

Ash dieback was first found in the Greater London area in 2014.

London Chalara Guidance leaflet - information on the disease and advice on tree management.
Last updated: 19th April 2016