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Climate Crisis – Threats to UK woods and trees

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A new report from the Woodland Trust provides evidence of compounding threats that pose catastrophic consequences for UK woods and trees.

Graphic showing threats and drivers of change

A report published by the Woodland Trust brings together evidence of threats that could have catastrophic consequences for the UK’s woods, trees, and flora and fauna within them. 

The State of the UK’s Woods and Trees 2021 report examines the data and evidence behind the health of the nation’s woods and trees. It is the first of its kind to focus on native woods and trees, which are such an important part of our natural and semi-natural habitats in this country. It shows that 5 major threats are compounding to result in negative impacts that could spell disaster for wildlife including plants, birds, butterflies and insects. 

Abi Bunker, Director of Conservation and External Affairs, Woodland Trust said:
“The warning signs in this report are loud and clear. If we don’t tackle the threats facing our woods and trees, we will severely damage the UK’s ability to address the climate and nature crises. Our wildlife havens are suffering, and we are storing up problems for future generations.  

“The first step is setting legally binding targets for the recovery of nature, including our precious and irreplaceable ancient woodlands and trees.  

“The Government’s new Environment Bill must provide the foundation for ambitious, effective and well-funded woodland policies and grants so that landowners and communities can protect, restore and create wildlife-rich, healthy wooded and treed landscapes, in towns, cities and the wider countryside. There is no success in hitting creation targets if our existing woods and trees are struggling and in decline.” 

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The full report can be found here:

Graphic showing priority action recommended by Woodland Trust

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