Lost Rainforests of Britain began as a personal blog written by Guy Shrubsole, author of Who Owns England?. It has since evolved into both a campaign, and a forthcoming book, ‘The Lost Rainforests of Britain’, to be published by William Collins in October 2022.
Despite their importance and significance, Britain’s temperate rainforests now only remain in fragmented pockets, including in Dartmoor National Park. Historically, temperate rainforests covered a much larger area of Britain and, thanks to our maritime climate, the habitat has the potential to cover 5% of England and 20% of Britain overall. To compare, just 10% of England and 13% of Britain is currently covered by woodland, and the majority of this is conifer plantations.
As recent hosts of COP26 and with Ministers becoming increasingly supportive of nature-based solutions, there is no better time for the Government to bring back Britain’s lost temperate rainforests. Working with Seahorse Environmental, Guy has evolved this campaign to help increase awareness of Britain’s lost rainforests among the public, Parliament and in Government with coverage of the campaign in The Telegraph, The Guardian and BBC Radio 4.
The campaign is calling for the Government to implement a ‘Great British Rainforests Strategy’ that would include a high-level commitment to restoration and sufficient protection of remaining temperate rainforest and funding for the restoration of the habitat.
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