Wood Pasture and Parkland in the UK

Description of system

In the UK, High Natural and Cultural Value (HNCV) agroforestry has been interpreted as Wood Pasture and Parkland systems. The UK has a rich history of grazed common lands and more formal parklands. These systems can be broadly characterised as large open-grown (often veteran or ancient) trees, set amongst pasture grazed by cattle. These systems can be many centuries old, and often contain a very specialist flora and fauna of great conservation value.

If you would like to know about the activity of this group, please contact Paul Burgess at Cranfield University

Initial stakeholder meeting

The 'Wood Pastures and Parkland in the UK' group had its first meeting on the 23 September 2014 at Epping Forest visitor centre, an historic common where cattle have been grazed beneath managed trees for 800 years.

The initial group consisted predominantly of policy makers and stakeholders with an interest in Wood Pasture and Parkland systems from a conservation viewpoint, further meetings are planned to increase representation with farmers and practitioners.

This meeting identified (amongst other things) a need to increase understanding of Wood Pasture and Parkland systems among all sectors in the UK, and to address the image of these systems. A key potential innovation to come out of this meeting was the use of 'invisible fencing' which is being pioneered by Dr. Jeremy Dagley of Epping Forest. See below for a video of Jeremy explaining the system.

Download the initial stakeholder report

Download the initial research and development protocol

A research and development protocol was produced in April 2015

Download the system description

A system description and research on the sustainability of the tree population within Epping Forest (before and after restoration) was produced in January 2016.