..the internet gateway for the dales Book icon

Yorkshire Dales Country News

Archive:2006 ] [ 2005 ] [ 2004 ] [ 2003 ] [ 2002 ] [ 2001 ] [ Have your say ]

Woodland Trust launches Ancient Woodland management guide

[Friday 11 December 2009]

The Woodland Trust has produced a management guide for landowners to help them look after our most precious natural heirlooms.

Ancient woods, areas continuously wooded since at least 1600, are some of our most valuable natural habitats. They cover only around 2% of the UK and are home to rare and threatened species.

The wildlife in many ancient woods will thrive if the woods are left alone, but where landowners wish to maximise the potential of their land for other purposes – game, timber, or woodfuel, for example – this needn’t be in conflict with the interests of wildlife conservation if carefully handled.

Conservation Policy Officer and guide author Fran Hitchinson explains the importance of the booklet: "Ancient woods are uniquely valuable and we believe their features should be maintained and enhanced where possible. We hope that this guide can help landowners look after their woods as they go about their day-to-day business."

The Woodland Trust’s ancient woodland management guide provides a simple toolkit to help landowners identify four key features of ancient woodland and to ensure they are protected during any management work.

These features have been able to develop in ancient woods because they have been relatively undisturbed over hundreds of years, and they would therefore also take a long time to replace:

  • Ancient woods often contain a rich and characteristic range of woodland plants.
  • Ancient woodland soils are valuable due to their origin and history i.e. a lack of farming and fertiliser application. They are likely to be alive with fungi, insects and worms.
  • Old trees and deadwood are valuable in themselves, but also for the species that call them home – bats, lichens and mosses for example.
  • Finally, ancient woods have been providing for humans for centuries, so naturally many human traces will remain. These may include remnants of built structures, coppiced trees or even traces of the woods’ use for fuel, hunting or keeping livestock.

The Trust’s management guide highlights potential sensitivities affecting each of these four features, as well as suggesting an array of example solutions for those landowners who wish to protect the unique legacy of their ancient woodland.

The guide is available to download and is supported by further information at www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/awguide

The guide has been endorsed by the following: Ancient tree Forum, Countryside Council for Wales, Country, Land & Business Association, Natural England and Northern Ireland Environment Agency.

What do you think? Send us your views using the form below.



Disclaimer: Daelnet will endeavour to put up as many of your views as possible. However, we cannot guarantee that all e-mails will be published. We reserve the right to edit any views that are published for legal or editorial reasons. Further, your details will not be used for any other services.


Daelnet is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.

  • Daelnet RSS
Daelnet RSS

Have the latest Yorkshire Dales News delivered to your desktop. Find out more...

  • A look back at the week

Our look back at the past week's Yorkshire Dales News ensures you'll never miss a thing!

Have you got a local news story from your part of the Yorkshire Dales?
Perhaps you have a community event or fundraiser you would like promoting.
Email the Daelnet newsdesk:

Home  |  News  |  Daelnet Directory  |  What's New  |  Features  |  Gallery  |  Local Info  |  Books & Maps  |  Contact Us  |  Services
Nidderdale - Valley of the River Nidd, Nidd is Celtic in origin and means 'bright'    more  places »
Your Privacy  
Copyright 1995-2013 - Dales.Net