Woodlands are an important element of our farmed landscape and when managed appropriately can be extremely diverse, financially viable and visually beautiful habitats. Nowadays most woodlands are neglected, with many not been actively managed for many decades. Consequently the structure of many woodlands (i.e. the ground flora, shrub and canopy layer) is being lost along with the associated bio-diversity and health of the trees and shrubs.
Woodland on farms can be present in many forms, for example, ancient woodland, an old grant scheme planting, woodland belts, shooting copses, an area of trees and scrub that has naturally established, or neglected historic parkland and wood pasture. Whether you want to grow timber, manage a woodland for shooting purposes or create a more diverse and visibly attractive habitat, then active management is required.
If you would like some advice on how to manage woodland areas to your benefit, then contact the Oakbank team. We provide a range of services from the preparation of a woodland management plan through to practical tree marking up with you.