Morgrove (c) Heart of England Forest Project 2011

Why Create Woodland?

There are so many reasons why creating new woodland in England is a good idea. The English have long has a strong relationship with woodland and with trees. Historically, trees have provided us with shelter, food, fuel and the means to make furniture, tools, ships and transport of every kind.

Unfortunately, with so many benefits to be gained from the use of wood, trees have been over-exploited. Almost since the dawn of man, England’s woodlands have been in decline, leaving us as one of the least wooded countries in Europe today.

In the modern age, trees are still of huge importance to our wellbeing.

The good news is, through our work done by organisations like The Heart of England Forest Project, England is at last increasing its native woodland cover. Slowly but surely, we are undoing the destruction wrought upon our woods, hedges and forest by centuries of exploitation.

“In the modern age, trees are still of huge importance to our wellbeing”

Trees and woodland provide:

- A habitat for thousands of species – helping to nurture biodiversity in a world where biodiversity is under constant threat.

- A way of locking up CO2 from the atmosphere in wood and biomass, and so helping to lessen the impact of climate change.

- A reduction in atmospheric pollution, cleaning the air of harmful particulates.

- Significant help in flood control and the purification of our water supply.

- Improvements to the soil wherever they are planted.

And we can do more. But we cannot do it without your help.

- A facility for recreation, tourism and outdoor activities.

- Places of beauty – woodland has been shown to reduce stress and create a feeling of wellbeing.

- A vital part of our natural landscape and heritage.

And we can do more. But we cannot do it without your help.