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:
||Duchy of Cornwall / FTT
||Pryor & Rickett Silviculture / FTT
||Trees Please Nursery
||HTA Tree and Hedging Group
||Future Trees Trust
||Broadleaf tree breeding
||Tilhill / ICF
||Cheviot / Confor Nursery Group
||Maelor / Conifer Breeding Co-Op
||Natural Resources Wales
||Forestry Commission Scotland
||UK Forest Products Association
||Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
||Forest Genetic Resources
For further information about the NTIS, please email firstname.lastname@example.org