Project Details


There are 240,000 km of rivers and waterways in England with the potential for expanding woodlands and trees. Restoring and rewilding riparian woodlands can create new habitats for nature recovery, drawn down carbon and improve water management.
CASTOR will explore and provide solutions to the potential challenges associated with expanding treescapes. We will look at the natural and cultural heritage of these depleted habitats and investigate how their regeneration stands to benefit local communities.
We will explore how these woodlands can help nature and climate recover through wilder, better-connected landscapes.
Short titleCASTOR
Effective start/end date1/08/2131/07/24

Collaborative partners

  • The University of Manchester (lead)
  • University of Cumbria (Collaborator)
  • University of Leeds (Collaborator)
  • University of Nottingham (Collaborator)
  • The University of Salford (Collaborator)
  • University of Birmingham (Collaborator)

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


  • Riparian
  • woodland
  • rewilding
  • species reintroduction
  • nature recovery


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