Resilient forests

Resilient forests are those that can absorb and adapt to disturbances such as climate change and attacks by pests and diseases. This will let them stay healthy and sustainable into the future.

The UK Forestry Standard now has measures on resilience, which all forest planners and managers are expected to follow:


Use an appropriate variety tree species


Develop a range of tree ages and stand structure


Consider the risks to your forest from extreme weather


Take specialist advice and develop a strategy to reduce your forest's susceptibility to pests and diseases


Your forest will have been planned and managed to enhance its resilience
(a UKFS requirement)

Guidance to implement these UKFS measures

Forest resilience as part of the forestry cycle