|A significant area of the Woodland Education Centre is covered by
maturing conifer trees.
These trees were planted close together and in rows some
40 years ago by the Forestry Commission who own the land. This kind of planting
encourages rapid, straight growth of the trees and helps prevent other tree species from
competing with the conifers for space.
Conifer trees are grown as a crop. The timber they produce is used to make
everything from furniture to paper and pencils. Timber is a renewable
resource. This means that as trees are cut down for their timber, more young trees
can be planted in their place. This will ensure that there will always be a supply
of timber for our needs. Timber from this conifer plantation was used to make the
Centre's Log Cabin, situated just a few metres away.
There are a number of different species of conifer tree present at the Centre.
These include Douglas Fir, Norway Spruce, Western Hemlock and Larch.