Put simply, broad-leaved woodland is the natural habitat of Norfolk. It’s the principal habitat that covered what’s now Norfolk from the retreat of the Devensian Glaciation, some 12,000 years ago, until Bronze Age people undertook the massive-scale deforestation of the landscape from around 5,000 years ago. For centuries, until early in the 20th century, country people relied on woods for natural resources, both for their own use and for trade. Woods were managed to produce timber for construction, wood for burning and making hurdles, fruit, fungi, forage for livestock, and game for meat and skins.
Beech tree, by David North

Questions & advice

What is a tree preservation order?
Why have the leaves on horse chestnut trees all gone brown this summer?
Are the brown toadstools at the base of my tree honey fungus?
When is the best time of year to cut my hedge??
Are hedgerows being damaged by mechanical cutting?
What is a veteran ancient tree and why are they important?
Can I remove a hedgerow?
What trees are best for wildlife?
How do I plant a wildlife friendly hedge?