Does more trees reduce flooding impact?

The UK has seen record rainfall in December 2015, and that rainfall has been followed by record flooding. Wider society is increasingly threatened by flooding, while the water environment remains seriously impacted by a range of human pressures, including diffuse water pollution. There is strong evidence to support woodland creation in appropriate locations to help manage these issues.

Forests and woodlands are well suited to the purpose and, due to their ongoing management, are more likely to be resilient in the face of a changing climate and pests and disease.

They can offer significant benefits to the water environment, as well as safeguarding and growing investment and jobs in the UK forestry industry, securing domestic timber supplies, reducing imports and capturing more carbon.

Opportunity mapping by Forest Research is helping to identify, map and target areas where woodland creation can maximise water benefits and minimise risks. Linking this to information on species suitability and potential productivity can show where planting productive woodlands will deliver the greatest benefits. This can be applied across a range of scales, from assessing opportunities for planting at a strategic regional or river basin level down to the practical farm scale.

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