Oscar Stanley 

Deforestation in the Uk

Deforestation is a reality in the UK, and it is happening amidst lack of media attention and people's awareness. This issue affects forests and woodlands across the United Kingdom, destroying natural habitats for animals and endangering rare and native plant species which can only be found in forests.

 

Austin Brady, the conservation director of the Woodland Trust charity says 'We are only planting 700 hectares (1,730 acres) a year, almost certainly less than we are felling’. Statistics show that 15% of all greenhouse gas emissions are the result of deforestation worldwide, which can contribute negatively to climate change and environmental degradation.

 

Through my photographic work I want to explore this issue and to question that if the current tendency does not stop, the UK forests and woodlands will face extreme decline as other more talked about forests in the Amazon and Borneo. This project shows felling, processing and the devastation left after the logging industries leave the places. Through this project I want to draw attention to extractive practices and greed as the source of these issues and to point out that a more balanced stewardship of the forests in the UK is the only solution.

Oscar Stanley, Photography BA, 3rd year

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