Woodland owner supports research into alternative species resistant to tree-killing disease

posted on August 25, 2015
William Theed's conifers field trial

William Theed’s conifer field trial

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.

Following the first reported UK outbreak of Phytophthora ramorum on his estate, Somerset woodland owner William Theed took the lead in supporting research into alternative species resistant to the disease. Mr Theed says:

“After felling most of the Japanese larch, we replanted areas with three conifer species resistant to the pathogen, selecting specific sources we thought would grow well in our woodland.”

  • 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.

British Woodlands Survey 2015The 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

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