By T. C. Smout
The 1st smooth historical past of Scottish woodlands, this hugely illustrated quantity explores the altering dating among bushes and folks from the time of Scotland's first cost, concentrating on the interval 1500 to 1920. Drawing on paintings in ordinary technology, geography and background, in addition to at the authors' personal examine, it offers an obtainable and readable account that balances social, financial and environmental elements. commencing chapters describe the early heritage of the woodlands. The booklet is then divided into chapters that think about conventional makes use of and administration, the impression of outsiders at the pine woods and the oakwoods within the first section of exploitation, and the impact of industrialization. Separate chapters are dedicated to case stories of administration at Strathcarron, Glenorchy, Rothiemurchus, and on Skye. (10/1/05)
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220–1, 256–7. W. F. Skene, Celtic Scotland (Edinburgh, 1876), 1, pp. 84–6; P. F. Tytler, History of Scotland (Edinburgh, 1829), 2, p. 199. 22 10716 EUP Native 31/7/07 9:29 am Page 23 Phil's G4 Phil's G4:Users:phil:Public: PHIL'S JOBS:10 E XTENT AND CHARACTER OF THE WOODS BEFORE 1500 fought in chariots, and chariots demand open country. ’ In the Roman invasion the natives made their stand as ‘the legions cut their way through the pathless tracts of Strathspey . . Victorious! But at what a cost .
It would be perfectly possible, of course, to maintain on the same site a sustainable plantation of the new trees, with its own distinctive biodiversity: but the native semi-natural woodland would be lost. On the other hand, once the exotics are felled, it might be possible to restore the land to semi-natural woodland, especially if specimens of the earlier wood were allowed to stand among the exotics and if the seed bank of the earlier flora persists. Woods of this kind are known as PAWS (Plantations on ancient woodland sites) and represent an 17 10716 EUP Native 31/7/07 9:29 am Page 18 Phil's G4 Phil's G4:Users:phil:Public: PHIL'S JOBS:10 T HE NATIVE WOODLANDS OF S COTLAND, 1500–1920 opportunity for restoration following clear-fell, but not one that will last for ever.
Thesis 12 13 H. Miles and B. Jackman, The Great Wood of Caledon (Lanark, 1991), pp. 11–12. C. Innes, ‘Some account of early planting in Scotland’, TRHAS, new series, 9 (1861), pp. 40–53; H. B. Watt, ‘Scottish forests and woodlands in early historic times’, Annals of the Andersonian Institute, 2 (1900), pp. 89–107. 14 Next, paleoecologists, using a whole range of new techniques including palynology (pollen analysis), dendrochronology (tree-ring analysis), and radio-carbon dating, began to suggest that deforestation, due partly to human intervention and partly to climatic change, had already proceeded far at the point of Roman arrival.
A History of the Native Woodlands of Scotland, 1500-1920 by T. C. Smout