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Re: How long does an ancient woodland take to develop?

Subject: Re: How long does an ancient woodland take to develop?
From: Jerry Dicker
Date: Feb 09 2021 12:51:01
Maybe 400 years or so?

I'm just re-reading 'Wilding' by Isabella Tree about the experiment at Knepp.  Interesting ideas about 'natural establishment' of woodland, particularly oak woodland.  Leaving land alone to be re-colonised without human intervention, followed when plants have had a chance, by introducing large herbivores, resulting in a sort of wood pasture landscape; and then apex predators to keep herbivore population in check.  Maybe not feasible in your situation, Dave.

Jerry D

On 09/02/2021 10:39, wrote:
Hi all,

Heres a question for you.

If I had a field and wanted it to develop into an ancient woodland and I had 
all the resources necessary for it, how long would it take? I'm not just 
talking about the trees, but all the characteristics fo an ancient woodland, 
the mosses, lichens, fungi, insects, fauna and flora.

I'm trying to dissuade some people who should know better from building too 
close to an ASNW and am going to suggest that if they do, then they should be 
forced provide compensation for it.

Hopefully having to put money in a trust to cover the entire development and 
management of an ancient woodland for xxx hundred years might make them think 
that it's perhaps better to look after the existing woodland.



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