New forest will show winners and losers from climate change

Forestry and wood charity the Sylva Foundation is looking for sponsors of plots within its new Future Forest demonstration site.

Image: Sylva Foundation
Image: Sylva Foundation

Based at its Wood Centre in Oxfordshire, the three-hectare site will help identify which tree species are best able to thrive in the face of threats from climate change and pests and diseases, and will demonstrate best practice.

It will include a range of species in three categories: broad-leaved natives from local sources; natives from sources matching predicted future climate - i.e. 2-5 degrees south; and exotic trees such as tulip tree, Japanese red cedar, deodar, paulownia, Italian alder, that may out-perform natives in future.

"Future Forest Friends" can each sponsor one of the 325 plots, each measuring one are (10×10m) and containing 25 trees, and can choose the trees, help plant them, and visit them.

The charity is inviting sponsors via its website to support the Future Forest by donating £5/month for three years, or by dedicating a plot as a gift for a special occasion or CSR project through a £180 one-off payment.

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