Interview: What the Forestry Commission chair thinks about rewilding, invasives and growing supertrees

Sir Harry Studholme explains how the Forestry Commission is growing supertrees to help forests withstand higher temperatures and why natural capital accounting does not capture the spiritual value of nature

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.

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