In May, more than fifty woodland owners gathered from across the North Wessex Downs and beyond to discover how to improve the management of their woodland.
Buying a small piece of woodland is becoming increasingly popular. Around 500 small wood lots are sold each year, often to people who have never owned woodland before. Sadly, much of England’s woodland is under-managed with the result that an important resource is under-utilised.
For woodland owners, old and new, understanding the benefits of woodland management and learning the ropes is key to happy and healthy woodland, both in terms of timber production and wildlife conservation.
The event was organised by the North Wessex Downs AONB and Cranborne Chase AONB, with support from the Forestry Commission. The event included talks from experts, workshops to discuss ideas and a guided walk to see the impact and benefits of ongoing woodland management.
Rose Somerset ,communications officer for the North Wessex Downs AONB reported that the day had been a great success “we were delighted to see so many woodland owners at the event and to hear that not only appreciated the advice on the day and the chance to see a well-managed wood but also the opportunity to make contacts with the organisations that can help them with woodland management in the future.”
We hope to run similar events in the future please let us know if you'd like to be added to the invitation list.