England's Natural Heritage
Before the industrial revolution, wood was the main fuel for England. It is estimated that there are 40,000 Hectares of unmanaged woodland in England, in the form of coppice. The traditional use of British woodlands dates back thousands of years to a time when our ancestors lived in harmony with nature. The forests gave food, building materials, firewood and indeed many myths and superstitions evolved from the use of certain tree types.
To keep our local woodlands healthy for generations to come, standard practice of woodland management is to leave wood in the woodland to naturally decay. This process leaves much needed habitats for a variety of insects, birds, animals and plants. Removing this wood is illegal and is the very worst environmental crime.