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From issue:   Issue:   British Wildlife 30.4 April 2019

Natural woodland generation as an alternative to tree-planting

By - Aljos Farjon, Louise Hill

Several large-scale tree-planting projects are now being implemented, but these usually overlook an alternative means of expanding forest cover: natural regeneration. Aljos Farjon and Louise Hill discuss the problems with tree-planting, and explore the factors that influence the natural regeneration of oaks and other trees.

The UK, with tree cover of 13%, remains one of the least forested countries in Europe (FAO 2015). Appeals to rebuild British forests date back as far as Evelyn (1665), but they have gained momentum in recent times owing to increasing awareness of the value of native woodland.

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"British Wildlife is the pulsating heart of the UK nature conservation movement."

Matthew Oates, National Trust

"The most important and informative publication on wildlife of our times"

Michael McCarthy, The Independent

"Packed with readable, thoughtful, up to date articles; written by ecologists and naturalists for ecologists and naturalists"

Nick Baker, Presenter and Naturalist