Chapter

Introduction

T. C. Smout, Alan R. MacDonald and Fiona Watson

in A History of the Native Woodlands of Scotland, 1500-1920

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print November 2004 | ISBN: 9780748612413
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653331 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748612413.003.0001
Introduction

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This introductory chapter begins with a few explanations and definitions of terms such as ‘native woods’, ‘semi-natural’ or ‘ancient’ woods, and ‘plantations on ancient woodland sites’. It then briefly sets out the focus of the book, namely management, i.e., the human use of woods rather than about the natural history or ecology of woods, though use interacted with the ecology and influenced the natural history. The central question is this – were the Scottish woods used wisely by our ancestors: were they used in a sustainable way? The discussion then turns to ways of managing natural or semi-natural woodland which range from perfectly sustainable to absolutely unsustainable.

Keywords: Scottish woods; sustainability; native woods; plantations; woodlands

Chapter.  7754 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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