International day of forests - secondary resources

The United Nations General Assembly announced that 21st March would be the International Day of Forests in 2012 to celebrate and raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests. Countries are encouraged to undertake local, national and international efforts to organise activities involving forests and trees, such as tree planting campaigns. 

The theme for 2023 is "Forests and health” focusing attention on all the ways in which healthy forests will bring about healthy people. Forests purify the water, clean the air, capture carbon to fight climate change, provide food and life-saving medicines, and improve our well-being. 

These resources, aimed at secondary-aged pupils, explore:-

  • the factors which put pressure on forested areas, and what is being done to protect them
  • the role trees play in supporting other plants and animals in the environment
  • how much carbon trees sequester, and how the amount of carbon sequestered by a tree changes during its lifecycle
  • the presence of vitamin C, an antioxidant, in the different parts of different plants
  • the range of careers that involve working in, and managing, forests and woodland areas



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The Birmingham Institute for Forest Research (BIFoR) is home to the BIFoR FACE facility, one of the world's largest climate change experiments where 150 parts per million extra of carbon dioxide is added to areas of the oak forest, to predict the impact on the ecosystem 50 years into the future.

BIFoR has...

Exploring Rainforests

In this activity, students examine changes to forests in cross-border regions of Africa and Borneo using Google Earth Pro to help identify features shown in satellite images and make measurements. The context allows students to explore the factors which put pressure on forested areas, and what is being done to...

Bronze award: tree for life

This project revolves around the subject of trees and the life that trees support. The activity links to the work of the OPAL project.

The project should take about 5 hours to complete. There are three activities in this pack. They can be used to learn...

KS3 maths – trees and carbon capture

In this lesson students explore data showing how much carbon dioxide different species of tree absorb from the atmosphere.

Students interpret data, statistics, graphs and infographics and make predictions and draw conclusions in the context of considering why trees are good for the environment. Students will...