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Rethinking Ancient Woodland
Rethinking Ancient Woodland

Rethinking Ancient Woodland

The Archaeology and History of Woods in Norfolk

Studies in Regional and Local History


288 Pages, 6.75 x 9.5

Formats: EPUB, PDF, Mobipocket

PDF, $29.99 (US $29.99) (CA $32.99)

Publication Date: January 2016

ISBN 9781909291591

Rights: WOR

University Hertfordshire Press (Jan 2016)
University Of Hertfordshire Press


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'Ancient woodland' is a term widely used in England for long-established semi-natural woods, shaped by centuries of traditional management. Such woods are often assumed to provide a direct link with the natural vegetation of England, as this existed before the virgin forests were fragmented by the arrival of farming. This groundbreaking study questions many of these assumptions. Drawing on more than a decade of research in Norfolk, the authors emphasize the essentially unnatural character of ancient woods.

Author Biography

Gerry Barnes, MBE, served as Head of Environment at Norfolk County Council, and is now a researcher at the University of East Anglia, studying the history of trees and woodlands in eastern England. Tom Williamson is Professor of Landscape History at the University of East Anglia.