955: Environmental impacts - woodland creation

This paper is summarised from Chapter 12 of the Natural England Research Report NERR030, ‘Environmental impacts of land management’.

Year of Publication2009

An increase in woodland planting over the next few years is needed to stabilise soils, intercept sediment, nutrients and pollutants, to benefit flood management and increase soil microbial activity and carbon content. Younger trees tend to sequester carbon more rapidly than older trees though the amount of carbon stored is higher in the latter. Large scale conifer plantation in the middle of the last century has damaged wildlife and landscape.

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