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Forestry and Woodland Management

Forestry and Woodland Management
  • Date of publication: 24 September 2021
  • Paperback ISBN-13: 978-1-85341-167-0
    saddle-stitched paperback
  • Pages: 32
  • Images: 8 black & white
  • Dimensions: 210 x 148 mm (A5)
  • Weight: 28 grammes
on Farms and Rural Estates
Author(s): David Lewis


This short book is aimed at anyone who owns or manages woodlands. Most farms or rural estates have areas of woodland; even if they are in the form of shelterbelts and spinneys, they will usually benefit from some form of management. The book is also suitable for anyone with an interest in trees and woodlands, and as a primer for students of land management. It is written in an easy-to-read style free of technical jargon.

The book begins with a look at forestry as a land use and some of the key factors that landowners should consider before planting trees on agricultural land. The types and categories of woodlands are explored together with the diverse motives for owning and managing this sustainable resource. Understanding the management objectives and priorities is important, as the objectives will influence the types and extent of the forest managerial operations undertaken and, in turn, the composition of tree species, structure and condition of the woodland.

The assessment of woodlands and the types of management activities undertaken, such as promoting natural regeneration, thinning, felling and the control of pests in the form of deer, squirrels, rabbits and hares, are also set out. Policy and fiscal issues are considered, ranging from the availability of grants to tax incentives which also influence the type and extent of management employed. Also highlighted are the key competing financial, environmental or social priorities and challenges to be faced when managing woodland that is integral to a farm or rural estate.


Forestry as a land use; Types and categories of woodlands and ownership objectives; The forest resource; Forestry policy and fiscal incentives – grants, tax; Assessment of woodlands and their management – managerial operations, restructuring woodlands, thinning, felling and the optimum rotation length, other management operations; Timber markets and the economics of woodland management; Issues for land managers; Further reading: Index.


Students of land and estate management, forestry; farmers and land managers.

Author / Compiler

David Lewis

David Lewis

David Lewis, Dip Est Man., MPhil, MRICS, FAAV, MICFor, FHEA, has worked in education and land and woodland management in the UK for over 25 years. He is currently a senior lecturer at the Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester, where he lectures on woodland management and rural asset management, and is Course Manager of the University’s MSc in Rural Estate Management. David is a qualified Chartered Surveyor, Agricultural Valuer and Chartered Forester. His MPhil assessed the feasibility of using wood, including energy crops, for the generation of energy, and his continuing research and consultancy focuses on the management of farm and rural-estate woodlands, forestry policy, economics and valuation. He is also involved in the maintenance of 1000 acres of lowland woodland including significant areas of SSSI and ancient woodland.


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