Environmental change ‒ meaning any change or disturbance of the environment caused by human influences and/or natural ecological processes ‒ seems to be impacting Britain’s trees and forests with increasing frequency and severity.
The changing climate has already required Oakover Nurseries, a tree nursery based in south-east England, to take adaptation measures. Manager Brian Fraser explained:
“Three years ago we increased our field irrigation capacity by investing in a new five million gallon reservoir. The idea being that this would enable us to better manage drier springs and drought conditions by applying water when the plants require it to support continued plant growth.”
- What do you think about environmental change?
- Have you been affected by environmental change?
- What are you doing about making our trees and forests more resilient to environmental change?
A national survey is aiming is to help understand progress in awareness and actions in adapting to environmental change among woodland owners and managers (including agents), tree nursery businesses, and forestry professionals.
The information gathered will be used by organisations, policy makers and researchers to help improve the resilience of the nation’s forests. The results will inform the government’s National Adaptation Programme.
The British Woodlands Survey 2015 on Resilience is supported by a very wide number of partners, with funding provided by the Forestry Commission and the Woodland Trust. It is hosted and co-ordinated by the Sylva Foundation.
The survey is live from July 31st to September 15th 2015. Take the survey: www.sylva.org.uk/bws