Whilst much of our woodland across the East of England is in good condition, we are transforming some areas for the benefit of wildlife.
Many of our estates were planted with conifer back in the 1950s and 60s, some on ancient woodland (much prior to the National Trust’s management). This was standard practice at the time as it was seen as a way of generating a future income. Unfortunately, non-native conifer trees were often planted in dense blocks on unsuitable ground and without proper management.
We are now restoring many of these areas with native broadleaved trees, which provide the best habitat for invertebrates, birds, butterflies and ground flora.