A new guide providing practical advice to landowners on ways they can better manage their woodland to combat the effects of climate change has been launched by the Forestry Commission.

The 15-page document – Managing England’s woodlands in a climate emergency – offers guidance to support foresters, farmers, landowners and agents to strengthen their woodland management and help adapt their woodlands to the impacts of a changing climate.

The guide offers key principles to help woodland owners implement measures specific to the needs of their land while mitigating the effects of climate change, and outlines how foresters and agents can help make significant changes to the species composition, structure and management of woodlands now, to give them the best chance to survive and thrive in 50 years’ time.