Treescapes - our woodlands, forests and trees - are critical for our environment, health, well-being and ability to move to a zero-carbon society. We need millions more trees in our landscape to help the UK achieve net zero, but a more unstable future climate, and new pests and diseases, make planning ahead difficult. Although they have great adaptive potential, we don’t yet know if tree species can adapt fast enough.
This is the central question for the newLEAF project, and if trees cannot adapt fast enough what can humans do to help? newLEAF seeks to answer these by exploring how our treescapes have adapted in the past and what this can tell us about their future, including how we interact with them.