THE FOREST FUND

The United Kingdom is in the midst of an historic shortage of trees. Intensive agriculture, development in the green belt, and a focus on commercial forestry have left the countryside empty of its natural woodland. Those native woodlands that are left provide a home for a huge range of wildlife as well as storing carbon, improving air quality, and providing opportunities for recreation.

In recognition of their importance, the UK Government has committed to increasing woodland cover from 10% to 12% by 2060, but it’s not clear who is going pay. At the same time, there is growing interest from the public and from private companies in ‘green investments’ – where funds are invested in opportunities that support or provide environmentally friendly products and practices.

Given these issues, the Lifescape Project is working with experts from Clifford Chance and AECOM to design a new investment fund which uses the profits from commercial forestry to restore and protect native woodlands. This new fund allows investors to get a return on their money while at the same helping to create new woodlands across the UK. These woodlands will be managed to help wildlife, provide recreation opportunities for local communities, and support the reintroduction of species which have been lost from the UK.

The project is led by Adam Eagle, the Lifescape Project’s Chief Executive Officer. If you want to learn more about this exciting project you can get in touch with Adam at adam.eagle@lifescapeproject.org

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