At Future Trees Trust, we use selective breeding to improve the growth, form and health of seven broadleaved species. The high-quality, genetically diverse seed that we produce is used to plant new woodlands and provide outstanding British timber. Our work involves the identification of superior trees (plus trees) to establish seed orchards and progeny trials. Alongside our core species, we are also involved in a wide range of collaborative projects to use and conserve our forest genetic resources.


An important timber species threatened by ash dieback


A fast-growing native pioneer


An attractive native tree with high-quality timber


The most important British timber tree

Sweet Chestnut

An honorary native with rot-resistant timber


A naturalised and fast-growing species


The only species grown in Britain to produce dark timber