UK: New book for woodland managers


Cover of book showing picture of woodlandA handbook designed to help the owners and managers of native broadleaved woodland get the most from their trees has been published by the Forestry Commission.

Written by Ralph Harmer, Gary Kerr and Richard Thompson of Forest Research, the scientific research and technical development arm of the Forestry Commission and entitled Managing Native Broadleaved Woodland, the handbook was written to provide advice that will help managers understand and manage their woodland. A wide variety of subjects is covered, from identifying woodland communities and management planning, to silvicultural techniques, nature conservation and vegetation management, including the use of grazing animals.

The background and principles of each topic are explained and case studies are used throughout. Interactions between site characteristics and historic management are also considered in relation to future management options. The handbook also highlights the questions that managers should ask when considering management options for their woodlands which take account of location, site characteristics and objectives.

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