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Trees are long-living and slow-growing species that cannot rapidly adapt to large environmental changes. Trees planted today need to be able to thrive in the full range of conditions they will confront in their lifetimes – in some cases over 100 years. As climates are predicted to change rapidly many trees planted now may be poorly adapted to the future.
A new forest management strategy in the UK based on climate matching is currently being suggested to help increase the resilience of our forests.
The following pages present a summary of the experimental design of the provenance trial at Hucking Estate:
The experiment aims to address the following questions:
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