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Woodland Management


Our woodland management blogs cover a range of topics. We welcome new blogs on all aspects of woodland management and will be updating the pages throughout the year. Please share these pages with others.


Our love of Wild Service Trees

August 2019

Wild service trees (Sorbus torminalis) may be one of the species  planted more widely in coming years as managers look to increase woodland resilience in the face of climate change, pests and diseases. Marcus and Joan Dixon, owners of the Excellence in Forestry award winning Great Groves Wood in Ware, Hertfordshire, explain how they have been following the development of their collection of Wild Service trees here 



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Forest soil ecosystem services

April 2019

Following on from his blog last year on Six Things to Know about Forest Soils, Andy Moffat has picked up on the theme of forest soil ecosystem services. More here




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Planting for diversity

December 2018

 Tony Bird says the saddest environmental disaster of his life time has been the devastation of the UK’s elm tree population. Concerned by what is already happending and what might happen to our other native species he has been planting a diverse range of trees which are not native for more than 20 years on his estate in Warwickshire. More here 



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Recognising Deer Damage

November 2018

Patrick Faulkner is a qualified shooting coach and joined the Deer Initiative as a part time Deer Management Advisor. He talks about the increase in deer numbers he has witnessed witnessed, how to recognise deer damage and the danger they pose to motorists here


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Mycorrhizas: What is happening below the forest floor?

September 2018

Following reports of nutritional imbalances across Europe’s forest trees, Dr Martin I. Bidartondo, Reader in Molecular Ecology at Imperial College London and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, asks What is happening with fungus-roots in our forests?  Ten years of research, he says, have provided some clues. More here



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Six things to know about forest soils

June 2018

 Andy Moffat was the author of the first Forestry Commission Soil Guidelines, and has written many other books, papers and articles about forest soils.  He recently helped to assess FC publications for their suitability to underpin the most recent UKFS Soil Guidelines. See his top six things to know about Forest Soils here 



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Woodland archaeology - what's it all about?

February 2018

Historic features help give each wood its unique identity, character and sense of place.John Morris explains how these features can be used to work out which areas are less sensitive, in terms of ground flora and soil structure, to modern forestry operations by showing that they had previously been disturbed, and which areas should be conserved. More here


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Showcasing forestry - why we should be proud of excellence

November 2017

"It’s only through ensuring high quality woodland management and talking about it to a wider world that we will help people distinguish between excellence and exploitation in forestry." Rachel Thomas argues the RFS Excellence in Forestry Award is a great opportunity to showcase to the forestry sector, and to a wider world. More here


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 Five tips for getting started in your own woodlands

 August 2017

Tip 1: When buying or starting out with a new wood, don’t look at the trees!

Professor Julian Evans OBE FICFor chairs the Forestry Commission’s Expert Committee on Forest Science. He has owned a 30 acres woodland for more than 30 years and has written several books about his experiences. He is Leading a One day course on Essential Guide to Caring for your Woods in September 2017. More here 


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Resilient Trees

November 2016

RFS Chief Executive Simon Lloyd argues that to counter the threat of tree diseases and pests we should plant a much greater variety of tree species.This blog was written for the Tree Charter. Read in full here