Local Origin & Climate Change

Autumn treeThere is now little dispute that the climate of Britain is changing. The extent and rate of this change is uncertain, but research indicates that the natural ranges of certain tree species may change over time. If we were to solely plant trees of local origin, we would effectively be putting all our eggs in one basket in the face of climate change.

Therefore, the Initiative believes that the best option is to use local origin stock as part of a ‘Portfolio’ approach, whereby a mixture of provenances is used in planting schemes. These should include those provenances seemingly most suited to projected future climate conditions together with locally-sourced stock, which is best adapted to current ecological and climatic characteristics.

The Initiative’s position statement on climate change (51.6kb) PDF