Our approach to tree establishment ensures we maximise the benefit for people and nature, as well as locking up carbon. We'll establish new hedgerows and woodlands as well as creating innovative agroforestry projects and restoring historic wood pasture and orchards – and increasing tree cover in other settings.
We'll help tenant farmers use trees in ways that are beneficial to them. This could involve generating income from ecosystem services such as flood mitigation and increases in biodiversity, improving shelter and shading for livestock, or by cultivating sustainably grown timber. Each project will be tailored to suit the needs of the landscape, habitat or historic place, and with a focus on the benefit it will provide for people.
Choosing the right trees
All the trees will be grown from seed in the UK by nurseries that have very high standards of biosecurity and provenance control – we typically use nurseries in the Plant Healthy or UK & Ireland Sourced and Grown schemes. Natural colonisation will also play a significant role and many trees will establish naturally as we change the management of the land we care for.
Where we do plant, tree species will be carefully chosen with site detail in mind. New native woodlands may include species such as oak, beech, lime, field maple, hazel and hawthorn to support the area's existing ecosystem, while ornamental varieties may be more appropriate where we’re restoring historic designed landscapes.