RECENT correspondence in the Press, to which Mr. Alexander Howard refers in a letter on p. 231 of this issue, has directed attention to the alarming rate at which hardwood trees, whether isolated or in hedgerows, woodlands or otherwise, are being felled in many parts of Britain without any attempt at replanting. Various reasons for this state of affairs might be given, including high taxation, which has forced landowners to realise every possible tree in an endeavour to retain possession of their property, the general depression, the break-up of estates, the high level of wages, the remoteness of prospective yields and uncertainty as to the future, which prevent landowners from sinking capital in long-term investments such as plantations. On the other hand, it should be mentioned that recent legislation provides a large measure of relief in regard to taxation and death duties; among other things, for purposes of probate the value of woodlands is excluded from the total value of an estate, and a landowner therefore stands to benefit his estate by storing up capital in the form of growing timber.
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The Planting of Hardwood Trees. Nature 135, 201–203 (1935). https://doi.org/10.1038/135201a0