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Resilient forests – what do you think and what are you doing?

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. If you represent any of these interests the survey co-ordinators, the Sylva Foundation, are very keen to give you a voice and to listen to your views.

British Woodlands Survey 2015
British Woodlands Survey 2015

The 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.

Take the survey and read more about the resilience activities at The survey remains open until mid September.

Environmental change may mean any change or disturbance of the environment caused by human influences and/or natural ecological processes. As such the survey is exploring climate change, pests, pathogens, flooding, wind and fire, and will be seeking to explore how resilient our forests are to change. 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.

The survey is part of a wider ‘resilience campaign’, including the drafting of a Climate Change Accord, which is a call from across the forestry sector for action to be taken to ensure our trees, woods and forests are more resilient. Organisations with an interest in trees, forestry and landowners have also produced ‘Adaptation in Action’ statements, to explain their individual views on issues and the actions they are taking to improve resilience. Read more at

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