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Some Year End Thoughts

The year end brings me to ponder a few woodland thoughts, which are very much of a personal mature.  While primarily a conservationist I was drawn into woodland management because I thought there were too many woods unmanaged and neglected.  The theory of the then Countryside Commission was make a small wood commercially viable and

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Woodland and Conservation Management Plans

Well it’s been a really busy summer and I’ve neglected the website and blog somewhat in the process. Some of our time has been spent writing woodland management plans, and dealing with the impressively long new forms for the Countryside Stewardship Scheme!  The scheme now includes all the Forestry Commission grant funding, and one of

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Southern Beech – Our Ash Replacement?

Treragin Wood is now 22 years old, and I am into the second year of its first thinning.  But already I am having to change my thoughts, with 30% of the woodland being planted with ash, and likely to suffer from ash dieback disease. The original planting mix at Treragin was designed with a firewood

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Continuous Cover Forestry: managing for wildlife and profit

When you start to think of what makes a good wood for conservation, ancient woodland (continuous woodland since 1600), native trees, and perhaps oak and all its insect species are things that may come to kind.  But woodland structure is equally important and sometimes under-valued.  I think this is especially so when thinking of commercial

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