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National Tree Improvement Strategy launches!

  08/06/2017
Last Updated:  08/06/2017

NTIS Launch

After considerable input from stakeholders across the forestry sector, the National Tree Improvement Strategy (NTIS) was launched recently at Future Trees Trust’s Annual Supporters’ Day in Cirencester. The NTIS document can be downloaded here or from the link below.

The NTIS aims to unite all those with an interest in tree improvement – foresters, researchers, nurseries, land-owners, conservationists, processors and many others – under one ‘umbrella’ organisation, to ensure that conifer and broadleaved tree improvement progresses with less reliance on public sector funding.

Geraint Richards, Head Forester at the Duchy of Cornwall and NTIS Steering Group co-chair, has stated that the vision of the NTIS is “Through selection and breeding of a wide range of tree species capable of thriving in U.K. conditions - broadleaves and conifers, native and exotic – we aim to promote economic value, genetic diversity and species resilience; producing trees with good vigour and timber quality, showing resistance to known pests and diseases and able to withstand the seasonal and longer-term climatic variations, whilst ensuring all selected material is available to all interested parties”.

The NTIS Steering Group includes members from across the forestry sector:

Who From Representing
Geraint Richards Duchy of Cornwall / FTT Co-chair
Graham Taylor Pryor & Rickett Silviculture / FTT Co-chair
Charles Beaumont Trees Please Nursery HTA Tree and Hedging Group
Alex Brownlie BSW Conifer saw-millers
Jo Clark Future Trees Trust Broadleaf tree breeding
Roger Coppock Forestry Commission Research purchasers
David Edwards Tilhill / ICF Foresters
Harry Frew Cheviot / Confor Nursery Group Broadleaf growers
Alan Harrison FC Nurseries Public nurseries
Mike Harvey Maelor / Conifer Breeding Co-Op Conifer growers
Andrew Heald Confor Forestry industries
Alan Hunt Natural Resources Wales Welsh forestry
Steve Lee Forest Research Tree breeders
Robert Lee Forestart Seed retailers
Andy Leitch Forestry Commission Scotland Research purchasers
John Mackay Oxford University Academia
Mike Render Forestry Commission Rural development
Jon Stokes Tree Council NGOs
David Sulman UK Forest Products Association Broadleaf saw-millers
Clare Trivedi Royal Botanic Gardens Kew Forest Genetic Resources
John Tucker Woodland Trust NGOs

For further information about the NTIS, please email tim.rowland@futuretrees.org