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Why are woodlands important?

The history of our native woodland in the UK begins after the last Ice Age about 12000 years ago when after the ice sheets retracted trees slowly started recolonising the land. Today only around two per cent of the UK has woodland that has existed since at least the Middle Ages. This is ancient woodland and we are very proud to have some of our Haigh Woodland Park on the Ancient Woodland Register.
Ancient woodland is one of our richest wildlife habitats. They provide a very special habitat for many rare and vulnerable species and as their name suggests if we lose them they are irreplaceable.

This doesn't mean that the woodland that surrounds our Ancient Woodland, the majority of which was planted during the 1860s is without value. There is great diversity to our woodland structure and type – one of the most important is our Wet Woodland, which supports a wide variety of wildlife and areas of . younger woodland planting provide habitat for wildlife as they grow and develop.

The trees outside our woodland in fields, hedgerows, gardens and even in urban areas make it easier for wildlife to move and adapt in response to change. These trees also help to connect important neighbouring woodland habitats such as Borsdane Wood Local Nature Reserve and several recently planted Woodland Trust sites.

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