Should we cut down trees?
You might wonder why we cut down trees at all. We do this because cutting down trees can help keep a woodland thriving.
When woodland is created, trees are planted close together at just two metres apart, with about 2,500 trees per hectare. However, after about 10-15 years they start to compete for light and so the woodland has to be thinned to allow the stronger trees to develop and bring light to plants on the woodland floor.
It is the wood that is thinned out from these trees that heads for firewood production, as it is too small for timber and furniture. Once thinning starts, the process is repeated every 7-10 years, each time taking out the weaker trees – allowing the woodland as a whole to flourish.
Help us protect nature
If you ever see something suspicious in one of our woods, please contact us with details. If you believe a crime is being committed please ring the police.
Woodland Trust staff, contractors and volunteers have signs out if they’re working and are usually in branded clothes, uniforms or high visibility vests - so we are very easy to spot!