Tree improvement

Our research aims to increase the quality of commercially grown species and to ensure that stock of the most appropriate genetic origin is used in forest establishment. We are utilising new methods in biotechnology to deliver the products of its tree breeding to the industry and an appreciation of underlying genetic structures to policy-makers.

The development of genetically modified (GM) trees is not an objective of the Forestry Commission.

About this research, its background and objectives, underlying Forestry Commission policy and our statutory work

Current Research

Completed research

Related resources

  • Tree species and provenance
    Information on over 60 species that are either widely grown in British forests at the present time or which could play an increasing role in the future.

Steering group



For further information contact:

Dr Steve Lee

What's of interest

50 years of tree breeding in Britain

A summary of the developments and achievements in tree improvement in Britain over the last 50 years.

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