Woodlander – A guide to sustainable woodland management
Woodlander is a complete and comprehensive guide to managing a small woodland, incorporating nearly 30 years of knowledge and experience from woodsman Ben Law and his unique home in Prickly Nut Wood.
Woodlander contains everything you need to know if you are managing, or intend to manage, a small woodland. Ben’s inspiring, forest-dwelling life has allowed him to put together a complete package of detailed information and practical examples based on his personal experience, giving this beautiful book an entirely authentic voice. Every page is infused with a deep respect for the traditions of the past while also embracing new ideas, methods and creative thinking.
This is a holistic approach to woodland management, which looks at the entire place – the wildlife it supports, the natural cycles of growth and life, the precious products it creates and the communities that inhabit and surround it. All the while, understanding and emphasising that it is a balance of all these things that makes a healthy, biodiverse, resilient ecosystem.
Detailed sections cover different types of woodland, the rich history behind them, how to assess what you’ve got, practical maintenance, planning for the future, promoting wildlife and biodiversity, harvesting and extracting timber, the tools you will need, crafts, social forestry and an in-depth resources section. Dotted throughout are personal snippets, observations and insights from Ben’s life at Prickly Nut Wood.
About the author
Ben Law, woodsman, craftsman, eco-builder, teacher and writer, lives and works in Prickly Nut Wood in West Sussex, UK. The building of his unique woodland home was featured on Grand Designs in the UK and was voted by viewers as the most popular episode ever. Ben runs courses on sustainable woodland management and permaculture, runs a specialist eco-building company and trains apprentices. Ben Law is the author of several books, including The Woodland House (Permanent Publications, 2005). The Woodland Year (Permanent Publications, 2008), and Woodsman: Living in a Wood in the 21st Century and Woodland Craft (GMC Publications, 2015). www.ben-law.co.uk.
Table of contents
Chapter One: Types of woodland
Ancient semi-natural woodland
Coppice with standards
Chapter Two: Understanding your woodland
Legal requirements/insurance/felling licences/chainsaw certification/tax/planning/European protected species
Chapter Three: Establishing new woodlands
Native or non-native
Planting the woodland
Protection and maintenance
Chapter Four: Silvicultural management systems
Establishing new woodlands – climate change planning
Managing for timber
Species choice/uses/measuring volumes
Managing for wildlife and biodiversity
Threats, pests and diseases
Chapter Five: Tools for woodland management
Cutting tools – high pruning
Timber measuring and marking tools
Chapter Six: Seeing the wood from the trees
Tree to finished product
Non-timber woodland produce
Chapter Seven: Community/social forestry
The woodland volunteer
The value of place -woodland retreats/courses/camping/bushcraft/foraging
Chapter Eight: Woodland Ownership
Woodlotting and group ownership
A final word – our responsibility
Recommended tree nurseries
Woodland estate agents
Useful apps for woodland management