Earth Trust is championing a new sustainable model for our trees and forests - integrated management which balances their value for amenity and for wildlife, as well as for economic, sustainable timber production.
A key part of our work is carrying out research to understand the possible impacts of climate change - which tree species and of what provenance might be appropriate for our woodland expansion and to improve our understanding of the effectiveness of any action taken. Our research is carried out at Paradise Wood - a national research woodland, dedicated to the improvement of hardwood tree species for increased timber productivity. Details of these research projects can be found on our Forestry Research pages.
Living Ash Project
Since its arrival in 2012, Chalara ash dieback has been spreading across Britain. Ash trees are native to Britain and dominate our woodlands; many species rely on them and they're important for the timber industry - if we lost our ash trees the impact could be catastrophic. Over the last 20 years the Earth Trust has been developing populations of tree species, including ash, that will be resilient to existing and novel diseases and pests, and we are now the lead partner in the Living Ash Project, which is committed to ensuring the survival of our ash trees.
A Future for Broadleaved Trees
Earth Trust is working with the Future Trees Trust and Forest Research to devise a Strategy for Tree Improvement in Great Britain and Ireland, entitled A Future with Broadleaved Trees. This will raise the profile of the need for tree ‘improvement’, influence the policy at all levels and secure support for this work to underpin the sustainable future of our forests. Our aim is to produce a strategy that is supported by statutory bodies, NGOs and charities as well as forest industries.
This two year project, which recently came to an end, carried out research into the value of woodland planted for timber production for invertebrates such as beetles and spiders. Outcomes included valuable research data, training for volunteers and a fantastic booklet for budding entomologists. Find out more about Invertebrate Tales.