October 30, 2020
Small woodland management: Wood For The Trees # 6
Tom is on a quest to understand the factors that will shape the future of British woodland.
Working with film maker Charly Marchant, our MD is producing and presenting a series of short films called ‘Wood For The Trees’. For each film Tom talks to experts about the future of Britain’s trees, woodlands and forests.
In the series so far, we have learnt that almost half of the woodland in this country is unmanaged and not providing the ecological, environmental and social benefits that a healthy woodland can. We have learnt that a landscape approach is critical to deciding whether the right tree is in the right place. We have discovered how woodland culture creates community connections which in turn creates thriving woodlands that stay.
Part six was filmed at the Hillyfield Woodland Farm in Dartmoor, described by the Royal Forestry Society as a first-class case study for other owners and managers of small scale woodland. We talked to Doug King-Smith about the challenges and opportunities of managing a small woodland.
Subscribe to the Wood for the Trees Youtube channel to see the next films first, and watch this space for updates.
UPDATE: On 22 November, at 3pm we’re hosting a live discussion with Tom and Doug answering questions about this film.
Find out more about the series on Tom’s blog.