Ted Green

Naturalised broadleaf trees – a call for a strategic reappraisal

With our native tree population under so much pressure, the authors suggest that we need to rethink our prejudices about non-native trees and their value in the wider countryside.  Once a species has the label ‘non-native’ placed upon it, it is effectively consigned to a category of ‘unwanted’ in conservation policy and practise. Yet there

The nature conservation work of The Crown Estate in Windsor Forest and Great Park

Windsor Forest and Great Park is a very well-known site amongst ancient-tree specialists, mycologists and entomologists, and could be credited with stimulating the formation of the Ancient Tree Forum. Very little has, however, been written about how the special wildlife interest there has been, and is being conserved by The Crown Estate.

The importance of open-grown trees – from acorn to ancient

Old, open-grown trees in open, park-like landscapes are an essential component of the Vera (2000) hypothesis, and have provided biological continuity for an important suite of associated visible and invisible biodiversity down through the centuries (Green 2001).

The value of different tree and shrub species to wildlife

'The power of observation is the basis of all science' Which trees are the most valuable to wildlife? Are tree and shrub species not native to Britain of any value for wildlife? These are two common and fundamental questions, but neither has been satisfactorily answered. The natural history and nature conservation literature is full of

Comment: Should ancient trees be designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest?

In March 2000, after five years, English Nature and their partners, the Forestry Commission, National Trust, English Heritage, Corporation of London, Farming and Rural Conservation Agency, Countryside Agency and Ancient Tree Forum, wound up the Veteran Tree Initiative. One of the main aims of the initative was to raise the public's awareness of the conservation

Comment – coppicing like a Beaver

The cutting of coppice stools, for one reason or another, continues in many woods across Britain. Despite this, large areas of coppice have remained uncut and unmanaged for long periods, becoming what is now termed 'lapsed coppice' or, as some might say, 'derelict' or 'neglected coppice'. In recent decades, attempts have been made to restore

Pollarding – Origins and some practical advice

The value to wildlife of ageing and ancient trees and pollards has long been recognised by entomologists and mycologists. Pollards are working trees; defined as those maintained by man often long into senility to provide a renewable resource, usually from boughs and branches out of reach of browsing animals regularly cut for their wood or

Comment – The Forgotten Army – Woodland Fungi

This was the name given to the Allied Forces fighting in the Far East in World War Two. They were forgotten whilst the war raged in Europe: their struggle in the jungle was largely not understood or appreciated and their importance was often unnoticed at War Cabinet meetings. Many working in the conervation movement might

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