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RE: England's Trees woods and Forests consult.

Subject: RE: England's Trees woods and Forests consult.
From: Chris Hastie
Date: May 24 2006 10:22:27
Reply interwoven with original for context.
On 23 May 2006 22:19, Pete Hughes wrote:
After all, no-one suggests
'managing' the Amazon rainforest - quite the opposite in
fact, it's more
about protecting it as it is.

To a certain extent, I also wonder to what extent
'biodiversity' is an
artificial concept. Left to it's own devices, nature seems to favour
less biodiversity: the climax type of vegetation for much of this
country at least is high forest and historically that is how
much of the
British Isles appeared for millenia. 

My sense is that size is important. Where you have a large forest that
is not clearly constrained non-intervention can still lead to a variety
of habitats. Old trees collapse leaving clearing, the edge of the forest
shifts as natural regen and succession take place outside of what is now

Where you have an artificial landscape with forests small and
fragmented, their edges clearly defined and the land use on neighbouring
land (cultivation, grazing etc) preventing the forest from shifting into
that area intervention is needed in order to compensate for the
restrictions that we've placed on the ability of the forest to develop
as it wishes.

Chris Hastie
Strategy Officer (Arboriculture)
Warwick District Council

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