The role of trees

Trees have often been referred to as the lungs of our planet. Along with reducing air temperature, preventing flooding and soil erosion and acting as a natural air filter, they are carbon stores retaining an average of 450 tonnes per hectare of tree planting over the period of 100 years1.

Planting trees can restore land degradation and reduce damage to the natural environment, demonstrating that it is vital to conduct woodland creation and natural regeneration. Alongside increasing the number of trees planted per year, it is also important to protect mature trees and forests in order to retain substantial existing carbon stores.

The nature of trees

Woodland planting for the future

Tree planting should take into consideration natural capital – benefits such as biodiversity, carbon, soil and water quality, heritage, timber and landscape sensitivity. This is where the Forest Canopy Foundation differs from other organisations and charities. It combines all of these factors together to produce sustainable woodlands for the future.

A solid foundation brings opportunity

1. Forestry Commission England (2017). Creating new woodland: Woodland Carbon Code. Available from:  [accessed 10 June 2020].