• England's forests: a brief history of trees

    6 days ago - By The Guardian

    We had lots of trees, then came selfish kings and war. But now our forests are resurgent again Not only did William the Conqueror have the nerve to, well, conquer, he also nicked our woods. England had always been a paradise for trees, covered from the end of the last ice age in increasingly dense forests of oak, hazel and birch, with some pine. When early islanders began farming, the tree cover slowly began to give way to pasture and cultivated land, but under Anglo-Saxon kings, the forests still belonged to the landowners and their subjects. William, however, introduced "Forest Law...
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