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Wood For The Trees

A series of films exploring the future of our forests

Wood for The Trees #8, with Future Trees Trust, “Growing improved trees for timber”

Using more timber can reduce the carbon costs of construction, but where will the wood we need in future come from? We’re already the second biggest importer of timber globally, and that’s before we fully embrace the use of bio-based… Continue Reading →

Over 10,000 views of Wood For The Trees

This week, our YouTube channel “Wood For The Trees” hit a milestone with over 10,000 views of our films. It has been fascinating to visit and talk with experts from a range of different perspectives to discuss the future of… Continue Reading →

Agroforestry: The benefits of growing trees on farms, Wood For The Trees part 7

‘Wood For The Trees’ is series of films dedicated to the future of British forests, woodlands and trees, where I try and balance my deep despair at the declining state of our woodlands with a healthy dose of optimism. Since… Continue Reading →

Filming part 7 of Wood For The Trees

In December we filmed part 7 of ‘Wood For the Trees,’ this time looking at Agroforestry. Between lockdowns, on a very cold day, I visited a small farm in Frome, Somerset, to find out more about tree-planting on farms.  The… Continue Reading →

See the wood for the trees: England’s woodland is in decline, and we must act now.

This year, while looking into the future of the UK’s forests, I’ve seen how climate change, pests and pathogens, and lack of investment has already had a huge impact on British woodlands. Currently over 40% of our woodland is unmanaged,… Continue Reading →

Small Woodlands Q&A, Edited transcript

Editor’s note: On 22 November, Tom spoke with Doug King-Smith about the challenges facing small woodland owners. This is an edited transcript of the first part of that conversation. Watch it in full on youtube: https://youtu.be/hMQXf8-fkuc   Tom: Watching the… Continue Reading →

Q&A on 22nd November: Small Woodlands, Challenges and Opportunities

The reaction to the sixth film of our series has been very positive so far. It’s been viewed over 3000 times across Youtube and Facebook, and we’ve had some really great feedback. Thank you. I’m hosting an online discussion and… Continue Reading →

Challenges & Opportunities for Small Woodland Management: Part Six of our series Wood For The Trees

I’m on a quest to understand the factors that will shape the future of Britain’s forests, making a series of short films called ‘Wood For The Trees’ with filmmaker Charlotte Le Marchant. We’ve been talking to experts who are passionately… Continue Reading →

Recreating a Wood Culture: Wood For the Trees part 5

The extent to which we will improve our woodlands, and create new areas of planting in the future will largely depend on society’s view of woodlands. In part 5 of Wood For The Trees, I talked with Gabriel Hemery, forest… Continue Reading →

Wood For The Trees 4: Valuing the Health Benefits of Trees

In part four of ‘Wood For The Trees’ I talked to Suzi Martineu, founder of The Tree Conference. During the Covid-19 lockdown, we talked about how we value the health benefits of trees. We looked the relationship between people and… Continue Reading →

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