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Project: Woodland management, Hengrove Wood, 30th October 2008

Hengrove Wood, in the heart of the Chiltern Hills, has been wooded continually for at least 400 years.

As with all our woodlands, it owes its existence to the fact that it has played an important role in the local economy throughout that period. The collapse of local markets for our local timber has meant that much of our woodland has begun to decline. Good management is necessary to guarantee their long-term vitality.

As part of my own management plan I will be removing 600 larch trees from Hengrove Wood over the next 10 years to allow the traditional hardwoods: oak, ash and beech to flourish. I have begun to mill this larch and am now supplying timber locally to those who appreciate the importance of buying local products wherever possible.

Larch, the traditional fencing timber, is ideal for all outdoor uses.