Author Archives: Kay Haw

About Kay Haw

Assistant Conservation Adviser, Woodland Trust. Nature is my passion, especially woods and trees which are just amazing elements of life. One day (soon) I hope we humans learn to work in harmony with Mother Earth.

A “Domesday Book” for Scotland’s woods: real insight into the condition of Scotland’s native woods

For decades the Woodland Trust has championed the value of Scotland’s native-woodlands to the Scottish Government, the Forestry Commission, councils, landowners, and agencies such as Scottish Natural Heritage. To their credit, many of them did not take much persuading, but … Continue reading

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Trees and flooding

Recent flooding has highlighted the importance of land use in either contributing to or mitigating flood risk. In particular the suggestion that trees might play an important role in helping reduce flood risk. Reports from the Woodland Trust on water … Continue reading

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Scotland’s national tree

Symbols matter, from our favourite football team’s colours, to the flags of our nations. They help us identify with each other and can unite us in a common cause. That’s why the news that the thistle, the saltire cross, and … Continue reading

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Fascinating new book on Brede High Woods

Patrick Roper is an ecologist who has worked with the Woodland Trust for a number of years. He has recently written a book on the wonders of Brede High Woods, below is his review: “I was very excited when the … Continue reading

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Dark skies help wildlife too

Congratulations to Northumberland, which officially has the best night skies in England. Northumberland National Park, and the adjoining Kielder Water and Forest Park, have officially been given Gold Tier Dark Sky Park status by the International Dark Sky Association (IDA). … Continue reading

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Wood Wise: trees and woodland in water management

The latest issue of Wood Wise looks at the opportunities trees and woodland offer for water management. Case studies focus on a number of projects and cover issues such as flooding, pollution of watercourses, soil erosion and the health of … Continue reading

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Full Chilterns tunnel is not only environmentally sound but would shave at least £500m off HS2 budget

This Monday, the Chilterns Conservation Board and Conserve the Chilterns and Countryside (CCC) jointly published an authoritative report to highlight the non market impacts of the Government’s proposal for a partial tunnel through the Chilterns AONB, compared with their alternative … Continue reading

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Woodland Highlights: December

The frost and snow has returned to the UK. But do not let the chilly air stop you from getting out into the woods. The festive season can be a wonderful time for walking with family and friends, and to … Continue reading

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A new approach to Forest “Management”

Today’s guest blogger is Miles King; a respected conservationist and commentator who has previously written for us on the subject of biodiversity offsetting. Here are some interesting thoughts on a new approach to forest management: “The Holocene Forest (which existed … Continue reading

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UK National Tree Seed Project

The Woodland Trust was approached by the Millennium Seed Bank, Kew, to become partners in their UK National Tree Seed Project, launched earlier this year and funded by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery. This is a fantastic opportunity for … Continue reading

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