All our forests were formerly commercial woodlands, with the trees grown specifically to be used in areas such as construction. This management approach often means that the woodland does not provide the habitats and sources of food to support a diversity of wildlife.
Through the building of our villages the forest has been opened up, which creates the space and opportunities for other plant species to colonise which in turn provides homes for insects, birds and many other species, helping to increase the biodiversity.
It’s important that we continue to manage our forests, to not only maintain the health of the trees we retain but also to try and improve the overall biodiversity and habitats. It also gives us the opportunity to supplement the natural regenerated trees with planting of other species to improve the species diversity.