A county college has become the first to launch a unique programme to ensure that the UK nurtures woodlands for future generations.
Northumberland College’s Kirkley Hall campus has launched Conifers for Colleges in the North East.
Led by the Royal Forestry Society (RFS), Conifers for Colleges recognises the risks that climate change, pests and diseases represent to woodlands, and the need for a wider range of tree species and a greater supply of skills.
It highlights the importance of conifers to the UK forestry and timber industries while promoting research and education into alternative novel species.
Marcus Clinton, principal and chief executive officer of Northumberland College, said: “We are delighted to work in partnership with the Royal Forestry Society.
“Conifers for Colleges is a wonderful opportunity for Northumberland College students to get involved in an innovative programme and learn about nurturing UK woodlands for the future.
“The RFS are bringing a wealth of knowledge to our Kirkley Hall campus and students will benefit greatly from opportunities at the forefront of forestry research and change.”