Atlantic temperate rainforests are one of the most biologically diverse and important habitats in Britain. Their vibrant conditions help rare plants, lichens, fungi, birds and mammals to thrive. Once covering up to a fifth of the UK, these rainforests are now extremely rare. Over the last few thousand years we have lost over 99% of them due to man-made deforestation. The time to reverse that trend is now.
To triple the amount of Atlantic temperate rainforest growing across the UK over the next 30 years from the current assessed 330,000 acres to one million acres.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
The restoration and expansion of temperate rainforest fixes more CO2 back into the soil than almost any other kind of ecological activity
The high biodiversity potential of temperate rainforests means there is no greater habitat in the UK for returning nature’s abundance and full functionality
Research shows that a thriving wildlife-rich environment benefits our physical and mental health. Our rainforests are the best environment in which to restore ourselves