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27th January 2016

Towards a wood pasture and parkland inventory

 by Brian Muelaner

ancient ash in wood pasture at Kedleston Park

An inventory of valuable wood pastures and parkland would help us to conserve and restore this nationally important habitat and help us plan them into resilient landscapes.

As a step towards building an inventory, Natural England in partnership with the Woodland Trust and the Ancient Tree Forum have put together three datasets. The dataset commissioned by Natural England was a desktop compilation of historic parkland plus an analysis of aerial photographs available on Magic. The second is the Ancient Tree Inventory held by the Woodland Trust and now comprises over 150,000 ancient, veteran and notable trees. Finally a digitised layer of the sites known about by Ancient Tree Forum specialists.

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