Voices of the Future

Our woods, forests and trees belong to our children. However, the current long-term harming of our Treescapes is leading to loss of animal and plant life and lower environmental quality. Young people in the UK will be deeply affected by this, and they will be tasked with fixing these problems. And yet their voices are rarely heard in policy and practice, even with growing youth activism.

Voices of the Future will link young people’s hopes to ground-breaking science on how trees adapt to and limit climate change. In addition to this, researchers will look at how we can change the present and reimagine the future of treescapes for the benefit of the whole UK.

“We will work with young people to develop more accessible, resilient treescapes of the future that can be enjoyed by more people. We cannot have sustainable treescapes without equipping young people with the tools to plan better environments.”

– Professor Kate Pahl, Project Lead

This project is in its early stages and little has yet been published. But, as part of the ‘Climate, Culture Peace’ conference – sponsored by the British Council in January 2022 – a short case study was presented, BLOP40: