Public understanding of role of trees in climate change adaptation on the increase

Public understanding of the role of trees and forests in tackling climate change might be increasing, suggest the results of the Forestry Commission's latest UK Survey of Public Opinion of Forestry.

The Forestry Commission's latest UK survey of Public Opinion of Forestry found that 84 per cent of respondents believe trees are good because they remove carbon dioxide from the environment.

In addition 98 per cent of respondents selected at least one public benefit as a good reason to support forestry with public money.

The top three reasons given were:

  • To provide places for wildlife to live
  • To help tackle climate change
  • To provide places for recreation

Publication of the survey's results comes a month before an independent scientific assessment of the role of the UK's forests in climate and their potential role in mitigating climate change and its effects.

The study — commissioned by the Forestry Commission — will be published on 25 November.

 

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