Camp Wood – Woodland Crafts and Rural Skills Centre

Low Impact Woodland Management

At Camp Wood we aim to manage the woodland with as little negative impact on the environment as possible.  The health of the woodland and it’s ecosystem is the number one priority and our management plan reflects this. But we also aim have a  low impact on a broader scale.
This means that when we buy tools for use in the woodland, they come from our most local suppliers. When we need to buy in extra firewood for our firewood round it comes from the local area. And our firewood customers  also live in the local area.
Limiting delivery miles, using local suppliers and services and Prioritising the woodland all help to make our management ‘low impact’. But we also want to have a beneficial effect on the woodland.  We are using a selective thinning method to encourage the growth of the healthiest/best formed trees. This involves selecting which trees we want to leave to grow on to maturity and felling the trees around them to make sure they get the light, water and nutrients they need. We are widening the rides to create  more diversity of habitat, with tree, shrub and grass  sections rather than just trees shading everywhere. As a result the wild flower population has grown year by year to include several rare species. Butterflies, moths, birds and amphibians are thriving.
The type of machinery we use is also key in the way we manage our woodland and the services we offer to other woodland owners. The main piece of machinery we use is an ‘Alpine’ tractor, which is detailed on it’s own page.