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  • by Trevor Loveday

Natural flood prevention is worth £400m a year

Researchers have estimated that Britain’s trees, forests and woodlands provide flood prevention worth £843m a year more than bare earth and £420m a year more compared to grass.

In its report on recent research findings, Forest Research concluded Great Britain’s trees contribute over £400m annually in flood-curbing benefits.

Trees, woodlands and forests intercept rainfall, store water and reducing the potentially devastating surface runoff that causes flooding, said the researchers. The report highlights how woodland expansion can be a natural and cost-effective way to protect homes and businesses in the face of the likely increased frequency of extreme weather events as a result of climate change.

The study was led by Forest Research and jointly funded by the Forestry Commission, Scottish Forestry and the Welsh government.


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