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Preservation of Natural Woodland

    Naturevolume 134pages694695 (1934) | Download Citation



    MB. W. DALLIMOBE read a paper on amenity planting and the preservation of natural woodlands before Section K at the recent meeting of the British Association at Aberdeen. “Amenity planting,” Mr. Dallimore said, “and the preservation of natural wood land may be regarded as common ground whereon arboriculture and sylviculture meet.” This some what dangerous statement is qualified by the sub sequent remark that “In many respects sylvi-culturists are better placed for general amenity supervision than men who are engaged upon arbori-culture”. Until comparatively recently, the true work of the sylviculturist was but little understood in Great Britain. In fact, by many it was considered to cover all aspects of the forester's work save that of exploitation and extraction. A truer understanding now exists, and Mr. Dallimore is correct in saying that the sylviculturist generally is in a better position to undertake or supervise general amenity work in woodlands and so forth: though this does not mean that he is always as capable as the arboriculturist specialist. The day has arrived, however, in Great Britain when a sharp division should be made in estates budgets, both Government and privately owned, between all planting done for purely amenity purposes, and plantings undertaken for commercial forestry production. Forestry is a definite business concern, and if a profit is to be made, it should not have to carry expenditure incurred for work under taken to beautify a locality; an object quite apart from the utilisation of the soil as a commercial asset.’ Mr. Baltimore dealt with the various types of planting for amenity purposes, such as garden and park trees, field and hedgerow trees, road-side trees, small shelter plantations and woods of varying type open to the public as pleasure resorts.

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