Rain lashes down on Devon’s green hills in waves. A lone ginkgo tree – a species so sacred it was adopted by Buddhist monks in Japan – stands watch over the forest below. Trees with superpowers are being grown here.
In the grounds of Perridge House, owned by Forestry Commission chair Sir Harry Studholme, is a 240-hectare woodland packed full of heat-resistant cedars and firs, and beetle-resistant elms. All are being grown in response to the threat of climate change.