UK Wood Pasture & Parkland Network

Wood pasture is characterised by big old trees growing in open pasture-land

Wood Pasture and Parkland is home to some of the oldest living trees in the UK, whose value to wildlife is astounding. Their myriad of micro-habitats support some of our most endangered species. If you can’t picture what this habitat looks like, you’re not alone.

At their core, both wood pasture and parkland consist of big old trees with full crowns growing in grazed pasture, with abundant wood decay. They are what ecologists like to call a ‘mosaic habitat’ which means an area with a mixture of other habitats; the value of the mosaic is greater than the sum of its parts.

For too long this habitat has been overlooked, understudied and undervalued; we are only just starting to fully appreciate its real value.

The Wood Pasture and Parkland Network are determined to raise the profile of this incredible habitat with a series of 5 videos which introduce the ecological, biological, historical, cultural and landscape aspects of Wood Pasture and Parkland, describing best management techniques.

Click here for more information and to access the videos: UK Wood Pasture & Parkland Network – Peoples Trust for Endangered Species