Forests play a key role in the fight against pollution and environmental degradation.
They remove vast amounts of carbon dioxide, reduce the risks of natural disasters, help moderate air and soil temperatures and on top of all that they’re enchantingly beautiful.
But across much of the world these natural wonders are in decline. The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation estimates that 420 million hectares of forest, larger than the size of the EU, disappeared between 1990 and 2020. In the last several decades Europe has bucked this trend. According to Eurostat data, 39 per cent of the European …