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Home of UK forestry climate change adaptation guidance

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The Climate Change Hub brings together information and practical guidance about protecting our UK woodlands and forests from the impacts and risks due to the changing climate through adaptive practice.

We aim to summarise the science and provide straightforward, practical support particularly for landowners, woodland managers and forestry practitioners. You’ll also find the latest news, research findings and literature about climate change adaptation, from Forest Research as well as other reputable sources.

Woodland and forest management practices have remained largely unchanged for decades, but risks from climate change are accelerating the need to build resilience for a sustainable future. To continue delivering important benefits such as timber production, recreation spaces, flood risk mitigation, wildlife habitats and carbon sequestration in the future, we need to proactively adapt how our woodland and forests are managed.

Click on a country for policy information, publications and useful resources.

Where do I start?

If you’re new to the concept of adaptation, you can take action, starting by familiarising yourself with the five-step adaptation framework which has been developed to guide practitioners through the process of identifying risks, selecting the appropriate measures, then putting these in place and regularly monitoring and reviewing the impacts. It starts with a review of your existing woodland management plan if one is already in place.

The Climate Change Hub also contains information on the following areas:

Visit our advice section if you’re new to woodland management or you have a specific management objective such as timber production, to help signpost you to relevant information.

We’ve also put together a resources page, where you’ll find fact sheets, case studies and details on different online tools that can help you assess the climate change risks for your woodland and support you make decisions, depending on your management objectives.

New to Woodland Management?

Climate change is one of the many factors to consider when managing your woodland. We’ve put together some useful resources and guidance to help you get started.

This step-by-step approach to tackling the impacts of climate change provides managers with a practical framework to follow, which takes into account management objectives.
Discover the range of online tools available to assist managers in assessing risks to forests and woodlands and selecting appropriate adaptation measures to increase resilience.
The frequency of storm events is projected to increase under future climate scenarios. Upland and western areas of the UK are particularly vulnerable to high winds. Read about some of the adaptation measures that can be implemented.

UKFS Adaptation Practice Guide download

The UKFS Practice Guide ‘Adapting forest and woodland management to the changing climate’ guides practitioners through the process from assessing climate change risks to implementing adaptation measures.

Printed copies are available to purchase from Forest Research.

Download the UKFS Adaptation Practice Guide

Printed copies are available to purchase from Forest Research.

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News

Looking to make your woodland resilient to climate change?  Take a look at Forest Research’s new Climate Change Hub – a comprehensive online resource that centralises and distils climate change adaptation advice for forest and woodland owners and managers in the UK.

Forest Research-led mapping reveals extent of damage from 2021’s winter storms as woodland owners are encouraged to plant and manage more diverse and resilient forests of varying ages and species in the face of climate change.

Countryfile presenter Tom Heap visited the Forest Research flux tower to discover how climate change scientists are understanding the carbon cycle of a typical broadleaf forest.

Looking to make your woodland resilient to climate change?  Take a look at Forest Research’s new Climate Change Hub – a comprehensive online resource that centralises and distils climate change adaptation advice for forest and woodland owners and managers in the UK.

24th January 2023

Forest Research-led mapping reveals extent of damage from 2021’s winter storms as woodland owners are encouraged to plant and manage more diverse and resilient forests of varying ages and species in the face of climate change.

30th November 2022

Countryfile presenter Tom Heap visited the Forest Research flux tower to discover how climate change scientists are understanding the carbon cycle of a typical broadleaf forest.

22nd November 2022

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