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Wood for the Trees

The future of our forests is hanging in the balance. And that’s a problem for people and our planet.
So it’s time to cut the fluff and get to the facts. Wood for the Trees sets out to do just that.

This video series is hosted by outdoor educator Charly Le Marchant and our managing director Tom Barnes. Together with a range of experts, they’re getting under the bark of the biggest issues. Exploring what lies ahead for British trees, timber, wood and woodland.

It’s not all doom and gloom. Far from it. Alongside the hard-hitting issues, Tom and Charly are delving into the wonders of our woodlands too.
Are trees really the answer to our climate crisis? How can we create more resilient woodland? What are the health benefits of trees?

These are just some of the topics you can explore right here. Enjoy!


Latest Film: Can We Plant Enough Trees to Save Us from a Warming Planet?


Here’s the series so far…

Introduction: The Future of Britain’s Forests

The first film of our series ‘Wood For The Trees’ was filmed in December 2019.

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The importance of woodland management

The second in the series looking at the future of our forests. I talk to Dougal Driver about why we need to manage British woodlands.

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Resilient Woodlands

In part three, I talked to forester Jez Ralph about resilient woodlands and experimental planting at the Dartington estate.

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Valuing the Health Benefits of Trees

Part four, filmed remotely during lockdown. I talked to Suzy Martineu about how to value the 'intangible' benefits we experience in woodland.

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Recreating A 'Wood Culture'

Part five, talking with Gabriel Hemery at the Sylva Foundation. An author and forest scientist, he explains why he believes all children should have access to Forest School.

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Small Woodland - Challenges and Opportunities

Part six, filmed at Hillyfield Woodland Farm, discussing the challenges facing small woodlands.

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Agroforestry - The Benefits of Trees on Farms

Part seven, filmed at Vallis Veg in Somerset, looking at how planting trees can benefit farmland.

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Growing Improved Trees for Timber

Part eight, with the Future Trees Trust, filmed at a sycamore progeny trial.

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Sustainable forestry - The need for nurture

Part nine, filmed at Bathurst, looks at what it takes to nurture a productive woodland, with Graham Taylor

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Rewilding: Regenerating the Landscape

Part ten, looking at natural regeneration at Knepp with Alastair Driver, Director of Rewilding Britain.

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A Better Future For Our Woodlands

12 Ideas to Help Britain's Forests Grow. A Summary of the suggestions from experts to help UK forests thrive.

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