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    A brief history of our forests

    Peter Savill presents a brief history of our forests from 10,000 BC to the present day and highlights the urgent need for tree breeding.

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  • Peter Savill
    Written by Peter Savill

    One of the most important aspects of Future Trees Trust's work is the introduction of more genetic diversity into the seven species we work with. This should have the effect of producing trees that are far more resilient to predicted climate change than existing populations besides being more valuable. Unless woodlands can yield an economic return to their owners, they will be neglected and most of the many benefits they can confer upon society will be lost.
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    Future Trees Trust

     

     

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Future Trees Trust: Our History

Founded in 1991 at the Department of Plant Sciences of the University of Oxford, the British and Irish Hardwoods Trust (BIHIP) became a voluntary collaboration of many of Britain and Ireland's foremost tree scientists and practitioners from all sectors of forestry.

Now, after 20 years branded as Future Trees Trust we have trial sites across Great Britain and Ireland where we test offspring (either seeds or cuttings) from carefully selected superior parent trees of seven species. Our researchers monitor their development over many years. By careful selection and rigorous testing, they ensure that only the best progeny or cuttings produce seeds that we know will grow into excellent broadleaved trees that will contain sufficient diversity to be resilient to climate change.

But it's not just about the science. We also lobby the British and Irish forestry industries and hope to create a fundamental culture change within that sector towards planting of improved trees. Already, our lobbying has resulted in the Forestry Commission in England recognising the need to change their seed-sourcing regulations to increase genetic variation, based on the work that our scientists performed.

Our members generally volunteer their time to support our work free of charge. Our overheads are minimal but our research costs money. The document Costs of establishing seed orchards will provide you with an idea of the costs of creating one of around 30 test orchards we need to create to complete our work.

What we do

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Future Trees Trust is a charity dedicated to the improvement of broadleaved trees.

Our vision is to realise the economic, social and environmental benefits of broadleaved woodland by ensuring that, by 2050, anyone planting broadleaved trees in Great Britain or Ireland primarily to produce timber can do so using the highest standard of improved material.

We will undertake research to develop and conserve the genetic material needed to achieve our vision and will be a source of advice to all stakeholders in broadleaved woodlands.

A brief history of our forests

Peter Savill presents a brief history of our forests from 10,000 BC to the present day and highlights the urgent need for tree breeding.

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Our mission

  • To realize the economic, social and environmental benefits of broadleaved woodland by ensuring that by 2050 all broadleaved trees in Great Britain and Ireland are grown from seed that has been improved by FTT...

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+44 (0)1453 884264
+44 (0)7896 834518

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enquiries@futuretrees.org

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Brandywell
3 Queens Square
Chalford Hill
Stroud
Glos.
GL6 8EG
United Kingdom

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England & Wales Registered charity no. 1103202

Ireland Charitable Exemption no. CHY 16229