How and why we restore ancient woodland

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2016 Video 1:57

Watch our video which follows the planting of non-native conifers in the 20th Century, which resulted in our remaining ancient woodlands being damaged and in need of restoration.

Following the planting of non-native conifers in the 20th Century, many of our remaining ancient woodlands are damaged and in need of restoration. Our approach to restoration involves gradually thinning the existing canopy over several years. This slowly increases the dappled light that can reach the woodland floor, providing the perfect habitat for our more sensitive native woodland plants to grow and thrive. We continue to gather research and evidence from our own estate to build on how we restore these irreplaceable woodlands.