New glasshouse opens in Cheshire to boost timber production and help grow Public Forest Estate
On Friday 31st August, Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey MP opened a new glasshouse in Cheshire.
The glasshouse is intended to bring a boost to timber production and help to grow the Public Forest Estate. The state-of-the-art growing facility covers a hectare and has tight environmental controls, creating better growing conditions for the four million seedlings it will house.
The glasshouse will play a vital role in the maintenance and expansion of the Public Forest Estate throughout the UK, with the seedlings helping timber production and improving biosecurity. it will be fully stocked with a mix of species and ages by 2020.
Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey said at the opening: "It is wonderful to be here to officially open this impressive new structure which will help ensure our forests are stocked with trees in a more sustainable and productive fashion."
"The forests and woodlands that these trees will go on to be a part of are vital for providing timber, protecting wildlife, and helping us improve our environment for the next generation."
Simon Hodgson, Forestry Commission England, Chief Executive said: "The largest glasshouse dedicated to forest trees in the UK means that Forestry Commission England will be able to plant around five million of the very best trees every year in the nation’s forests for timber, recreation and wildlife as well as supplying trees to Scotland and Wales. We are increasing the diversity of tree species we plant so the nation’s forests are resilient; protecting them from pests, diseases and the effects of a changing climate."