The intensification of farming and development, disease and non-native invasive species have all taken their toll on woodlands across Britain. Wildlife rich habitats have disappeared or become fragmented and the landscape has become more prone to flooding during the dramatic weather events, assumed to be caused by climate change. Air and water quality have also been affected by the decrease in woodland habitats.
Ancient woodlands are particularly significant for wildlife. You may have thought that the woodlands can be left alone and will take care of themselves, but this is not the case. For a woodland to be self-sustaining, the process of death and renewal need to be in perfect balance and the area of woodland must be of a significant size.
As civilisation developed, people began clearing woodland for agriculture and using wood for construction and heating. Woodland has been tamed and many species became adapted to a more managed landscape. Woodland can be restored, through programmes of planting and management and new woodland can be established. Woodland old and new provides crucial habitats for flora and fauna and helps to connect habitats across the landscape.
Trees absorb pollution, greenhouse gases and carbon dioxide whilst reducing noise when planted as part of construction and infrastructure. Areas of woodland bring pleasure to millions of people and timber is a saleable commodity for land owners. Rare trees which yield beautiful veneers, wood for fuel and wood chip all deliver financial returns. Our woodlands are worthy of our attention!
At James Gillies Constancy we offer a comprehensive tree and woodland management service, and we work with you to fulfil your vision for your land. By advising on all aspects of woodland management and we can evolve a detailed management plan to suit both your requirements and your budget.