Future Trees Trust

Future Trees Trust

Charity information

Future Trees Trust

We are a charity dedicated to breeding broadleaved trees to improve their growth rate, form and resilience to climate change.

Founded 1991

  • Mission statement

    Our vision is to realise trees' economic, social and environmental benefits so that by 2050, anyone planting broadleaved woodland can do so using trees that will produce the maximum volume of recoverable timber and remain healthy.

    Our work - tree improvement by conventional selective breeding - could increase timber yield and CO2 sequestration in broadleaved trees by up to 40%. By making the planting of broadleaved trees more economically attractive, we hope many more, much better trees will be planted in the future, with all the associated benefits and advantages these trees will bring to society.

    Broadleaved trees are an important component of many of our best loved and valued habitats as well as being potentially a significant contributor to our economy, an essential component of our countryside and a vital provider of ecosystem services. But few people currently want to plant broadleaved trees for timber because they are likely to produce poor quality mature trees and consequently very low economic returns. The resulting spiral of decline in our broadleaved woodlands has major consequences for our environment, our wildlife habitats, economy, future well-being and the very nature of our countryside.

    Anyone that has an interest in or cares about the future of our woodlands will benefit from our work.

  • Aims

    Future Trees Trust aims to:

    • To promote work on tree improvement and the application of its results on the management of trees that produce high quality timber.
    • To produce seedling and clonal orchards from selected material in order to provide high quality tree seed to the market, in order to improve the quality of future tree populations.
    • To promote the use of high quality seed from orchards and registered seed stands by nurseries in order to improve the quality of future tree populations
    • To locate and secure material from the very best phenotypic trees and tree stands across Great Britain and Ireland and use material from these trees in selective breeding programmes.
    • To promote the conservation of forest genetic resources of the native and naturalised broadleaved species of Great Britain and Ireland.
  • Overview

    Established: September 1991

    Registered Charity Number: 1103202

    Board members: 10

    Full time staff: 1

    Volunteers: 40

    Phone number: 01453 884264

    Address: Brandywell 3 Queen's Square Chalford Hill Stroud Glos. GL6 8EG

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