7 May 2021
State of the UK's Woods and Trees 2021 State of the UK’s Woods and Trees 2021 In memory of Mike Townsend We are honoured to dedicate the first State of the UK's Woods and Trees report to Mike Townsend, our colleague and friend. [...] Invest in the future Significant resources will be required to rise to the size and scale of the challenges and opportunities for more and better woods and trees. [...] State of the UK’s Woods and Trees 2021 21 Chapter one Extent, condition and wildlife value JAMES READER Chapter one: Extent, condition and wildlife value Contents Chapter one: Extent, condition and wildlife value 24 Introduction 25 1.1 The extent of woods and trees 36 1.2 How many trees outside woodland have been lost in the Eastern Claylands? 43 1.3 What is the state of ancient and veteran trees?. [...] State of the UK’s Woods and Trees 2021 24 Chapter 1: Extent, condition and wildlife value 1.1 The extent of woods and trees What do we already know? Woodland and wooded habitats which naturally colonised the UK after the last ice age likely covered much of the country. [...] Intensification of agricultural landscapes (particularly the amalgamation of small fields and farms and the use of increasingly larger machinery) and urban expansion have resulted in the clearing of many trees and hedgerows.