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Come and discover the Alice Holt Adaptation Trail to see examples of climate change adaptation measures in a woodland typical of the southeast of England. Visit in person or watch our video.

Alice Holt Forest, on the Hampshire/Surrey border, is both an active working forest and public estate, with examples of 20th century research trials, demonstration areas and the Alice Holt Arboretum. An eight-stop adaptation trail was opened in 2019 to highlight a range of climate change adaptation measures.

Adaptation trail resources

If you plan to walk the Alice Holt Adaptation Trail in person, you can download our self-guided trail guide with a map of the route and a short overview of the adaptation measures you’ll see at each of the eight stops. To access stops 1-7, we recommend parking near the Alice Holt Arboretum, located near Farnham in Surrey. The Willows Green demonstration area at Stop 8 is located a short drive away at Alice Holt Forest, via the ‘Easy Access Discovery Trail’.

If you would like a hard copy of the guide, or to request it in audio format, please contact us. Please note the trail is located within a working forest, so please follow all safety signs and wear appropriate footwear.

A more detailed worksheet is also available to download, which is ideal for small groups to engage in discussions about the adaptation measures and insights gained from historic trials along the route. To enquire about a guided group visit, please contact us directly.

Considering adaptation measures for your site

The Alice Holt Adaptation Trail demonstrates a range of adaptation measures for a typical forest or woodland in the southeast of England and demonstrates a number of adaptation measures outlined on the Climate Change Hub.

For those looking to identify which adaptation measures to take on individual sites, the five-step adaptation framework provides managers with a structured approach to assessing climate change risks and selecting appropriate measures. The framework should combine local site knowledge with information from decision support tools, such as ESC (Ecological Site Classification) and ForestGALES.

Our adaptation case studies and accompanying videos provide examples of the steps taken by landowners and managers across the UK to increase the resilience of their sites, from large public estates to small private woodland.

Share Your Feedback

If you have walked the Alice Holt Adaptation Trail or watched our video, we would love to receive your feedback. Did the Adaptation Trail encourage you to think about what measures might work best in your woodland? Please contact us to request access to our short online survey.

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