Managing ancient and native woodland in England

Practice Guide on all the key issues facing managers of ancient or native woodland.

Year of Publication2010

Managing ancient and native woodland in England has been produced by Forestry Commission England as an aid to forestry and woodland managers working with ancient and native woodland. It brings together current good management practice to ensure these important woodlands are sustained for the future. Our ancient and native woodlands are one of our oldest land uses and most diverse ecosystems. They have often taken centuries to develop, and for generations they have been an essential source of timber, fuel, coppice products, venison and other sustainable products. They are a vitally important component of the English landscape and every one has it’s own long and fascinating history. This guide gives guidance on all the key issues facing managers of ancient or native woodland: - how conservation can be totally compatible with harvesting timber and woodfuel - how to help ancient and native woodland adapt to a changing climate and reduce the risks from pests and diseases - which is the best way to restore plantations on ancient woodland sites (PAWS) - new recommendations on natural regeneration, tree spacing and provenance l how to conserve the habitats of rare and protected species

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