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Woodland Trust to plant 4 million trees in 2016

The Woodland Trust - UK largest woodland conservation charity - has pledged to plant 4 million trees in 2016, 1.5 million more than in 2015.

Whether put into practise, the plan would create 2,000 ha of new woodlands in the UK.

As announced in the Annual Review 2015, the Woodland Trust will also "fight to preserve the 588 ancient woods currently at risk from inappropriate development and grow a 250-strong network of volunteer 'threat spotters' to stick up for trees and woods".

Thirdly, the Trust has committed to restore 3,000 ha of degraded ancient woodland, "gradually thinning non-native conifer plantations so that broadleaf trees and wildlife can bounce back".

The Trust already owns more than 1,000 woods and is planning to expand its estate by almost 10% a year on average. The charity will also work to create 10 geographical 'focus areas' to target regions where "we are able to make the biggest possible impact on woodland habitats and wildlife"

Read the Woodland Trust Annual Review 2015 and the 10-year strategic plan.


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Forestry Commission Scotland issues 'Sustainable Construction Timber' report

The Forestry Commission Scotland has published a new report - 'Sustainable Construction Timber' - by Ivor Davies.

The report - available here - explains why local sourcing of timber is important, reviews the range of timber species and products currently obtainable in the UK and explores the ways in which local sourcing can be achieved within a construction project.

'Sustainable construction timber' has been written to help designers and contractors wanting to source and specify UK grown timber products, people considering using their own timber on a construction project and those involved in building refurbishment or conservation.

"Timber is a versatile and high performance construction material. Timber is also renewable. This means that – uniquely among mainstream construction materials – it can be produced in most parts of the UK", writes the author Ivor Davies.


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