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Climate Change Hub

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.

Climate Change Adaptation Trail at Alice Holt Forest in Surrey

Take a virtual walk around the Climate Change Adaptation Trail in Surrey to see adaptation examples, demonstration areas and research trials.

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 factsheets, 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.
Learn about the impact of the changing climate on acute oak decline (AOD) and the measures taken by private owners of 80 ha Bell Coppice in the Midlands to adapt to climate change.

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

Forest Research part of transdisciplinary hub looking to bridge the gap between science and policy to achieve Net Zero.

Forest Lab enables UK woodland managers to become volunteer ‘stewardship scientists’ by joining science projects, collaborating with researchers and sharing data to support woodland resilience.

Explore our new case studies that demonstrate how forest adaptation measures can be applied to reduce the climate change risks faced at three different Scottish sites.

Forest Research part of transdisciplinary hub looking to bridge the gap between science and policy to achieve Net Zero.

19th January 2024

Forest Lab enables UK woodland managers to become volunteer ‘stewardship scientists’ by joining science projects, collaborating with researchers and sharing data to support woodland resilience.

20th November 2023

Explore our new case studies that demonstrate how forest adaptation measures can be applied to reduce the climate change risks faced at three different Scottish sites.

15th November 2023

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