Introductory Unit – Our Wood Culture

This unit has been developed in partnership with Grown in Britain which aims to bring together everyone who values our forests, woods and trees and the products we can make from the wood they produce.

What is Wood Culture?

The way we value trees and the many benefits we get from them as a society, and how we grow, nurture and produce wood from our woodlands is called our ‘wood culture’.


The UK has many woodlands, forests and trees that we see every day in our towns, cities, schools, gardens and countryside. This tremendous natural resource provides:

  • A vital supply of timber to meet our everyday needs – for construction, wood fuel, paper and many more products.
  • Much needed employment in rural areas and in addition a place for education, skills, learning and development in both rural and urban areas.
  • A place for enjoyment, relaxation, recreation and to maintain our physical and mental wellbeing.
  • A range of rich and biodiverse habitats and ecosytems.
  • A range of ecosystem services e.g. flood prevention, improved water and air quality, carbon storage and climate regulation.
  • A unique contribution to our cultural heritage, landscape, history and traditions.

Diagrams 1 and 2, given with this unit, give a good overview of the elements in a revitalised woodland culture and the range of activities involved in managing woodlands.

About this resource – our future wood culture

This introductory unit for educators is an important part of increasing our understanding of managing woods and forests in the UK, and increasing our usage and connection with them.

Reference sheets 1,2,3, and 4, given as PDF documents in this introductory unit will look more closely at the people and processes essential to growing and managing trees and woodlands.

Reference sheet 1: How do our woodlands grow?
The planning, management and growing cycle of the forest

Reference sheet 2: Ready steady wood to timber
The processing of trees for wood products and timber

Reference sheet 3: Once a Tree
The range of wood and tree related products and economies

Reference sheet 4: Places for wood and much, much more
The meaning of woodlands as natural places for our society, our economy and our environment

Each sheet gives an overview of the elements involved with illustrative examples, facts that highlight activity, links to relevant units in this resource and activity ideas.

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