Timber production, public benefits, biomass energy, carbon sequestration - the role that forestry and woodlands have played over the generations has changed according to prevailing government priorities. However with government drives to seriously tackle climate change, forestry is set to play an increasingly important role over the coming decades. The Government’s Committee on Climate Change envisages expanding the UKs woodland cover from 12% of land area to 19% by 2050. Pretty ambitious targets. But with political will and the right incentives ……perhaps possible.
But hold on- if the climate is changing, what species should you plant? Is it out with the traditional species we have grown used to and in with more drought tolerant species? What about tree pests and diseases ? – ash dieback, phytophthora, oak processionary moth. What about the timber markets now and looking forward? What’s in demand and what’s not and what’s the outlook? Is the processing and wider supply chain infrastructure in place?
The seminar will cover:
Policy developments in climate change and ELMS
Tree diseases and implications of climate change for forestry & woodlands
Local Highways Authority perspective on Ash Dieback and roadside trees