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Climate Change

Natural regeneration in ParkgateThe Forestry Commission's forests in North West England store 650,000 tonnes of carbon each year . It is estimated that 10 times as much carbon is stored in forest soils.

We manage 17,000 hectares of land in the North West which converts to around 22 million trees (out of interest this means over 3 trees per person living in the North West )

Tackling global warming due to greenhouse gas emissions and adaptation to  a rise in average temperatures is an unprecedented global challenge. Forests have an important part to play in both mitigating against global warming (preventing deforestation, re-afforestation, management of existing forests) and in adapting to its effect (eg city cooling, slowing runoff during heavy rain events)

A Convenient Truth - How trees and Forests help in reducing the effects of climate change

Duration: 15 mins 33 seconds

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What Are We Doing In North West England

We recognise that mitigation and adaptation to climate change is one of the Forestry Commission’s core objectives and we are delivering this in several ways including :

Sustainable management of the forests in our care with independent certification through the UK woodland Assurance Scheme (UKWAS). We ahave significantly increased the area managed under continuous cover which helps reduce speed of runoff and sedimentation. North West Climate Change Champion, 14-year-old Jessica Smith from Southport, is shown around Moston Vale by Adam Davison of the Forestry Commission. Copyright : Barbara Philips, COI

Educating people about the importance and value of sustainably managed woods and forests through our learning and education programmes, to over 1 million visitors to our forests  in the North West each year and in press releases and promotions.

Reducing Energy Use by moving to a more sustainable way of going about our day to day business including reducing energy use in our offices and visitor centres and transportation eg travelling by train instead of car. The Business Sustainability programme and the Forestry Commission’s aim to achieve ISO14001 accreditation is key to this.

Sourcing materials and supplies locally where possible ranging from fence posts to products for our shops. 

Increasing use of Timber Use of timber and timber products as alternatives to more energy intensive products such as concrete and steel (eg timber bridges as part of Grizedale redevelopment). 

Last updated: 2nd July 2018

What's of interest

Replacing 1 tonne of concrete with 1 tonne of timber saves on the emission of 1 tonne of carbon - simple really!

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England's Woods and Forests are cared for by Forest Enterprise England, an agency of the Forestry Commission.