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Adapting England's woodlands to be more resilient

Over the last ten years there has been a significant increase in the number of pests and diseases attacking our trees. This increase has dramatically highlighted how dependant we have become on a limited range of tree species.

Five broadleaved species account for 77% of the total broadleaved woodland resource, with a similar situation within conifer forests, where only six species makes up 89% of the total.

To increase the range of species within our woodlands it is necessary to create interventions such as felling and replanting, thinning to favour less-abundant tree species, or by under-planting with other species.

Species diversification is very much at the core of woodland adaptation and ensuring resilience in the future. For further information about managing and adapting woodlands, please visit our website.

Last updated: 22nd June 2017