The problem is, that at the same time as we are seeing more unpredictable rainfall, temperatures and wind, we are also seeing an explosion in tree diseases in the form of fungi, parasites and pests.
There are only 32 British native tree species (29 of which are broadleaves), so if we want to increase diversity, to ensure that our woodlands are more resilient to the effects of climate change and to spread our risk against pests and disease, we must introduce diversity.
Our current challenges are dealing with Ash dieback (chalara) which is a fungal infection which causes the tree to die, and a beetle (ips typographus) infection which kills our spruce trees.
We are felling spruce and ash trees to tackle these problems. Although unsightly in the short term, this clearance work gives us a huge opportunity to plant alternative resilient species. If you venture along the William Robinson Woodland Trail, you will see areas that are being replanted with saplings and eye-catcher trees for the future.