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Linford Poem
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E co-Systems and Humans

Woodland is the Natural vegetation of Britain, at the end of the last ice-age about 11,000 years ago, trees and plants that had been wiped out by the frozen conditions started to slowly reappear with the help from mainland Europe and the then land-bridge that is now the English Channel.

The stronger species came first the likes of Birches, Aspens, Rowan, Hazel, Juniper and Scots pine these managed because they had good dispersal systems and could live in the poorer of soil conditions these were closely followed by Oaks, Maple, Ash, Elder, Hawthorn Elms & Limes, with the softer forms like crab-apples, Cherries & Beeches coming along later once the land had warmed and soil improved a little, till about 6,000 years ago these plants and trees very nearly covered all of Britain, with the "wildwood" consisting of the broad-leaved varieties in the south & the Pines & Birches in the north & on higher ground.

Then came the Humans, around about 3,000 bc the Neolithic farming peoples started to live a more settled existence preferring to stay put in one place more they started to clear the "wildwood" areas that were on lower more even ground that had more fertile ground which would be easier to work and grow crops and keep animals on.

This manner of land use grew steadily and by the medieval times to a number of small areas usually associated with a village, parish or manor, sometimes kept by the lord of the manor as a hunting ground or deer forest. Small woodlands like Linford Wood were left as a village resource on the poorer land, very often on the village boundary, which was enclosed by a bank or ditch and was reached by a lane from the village. In the case of Linford Wood we have Wood lane which still exists in part, most of the 100 acres of Linford Wood are whats left of the original wildwood
and a least 1/2 to 2/3rd of Linford Wood could be classed as Primary Ancient Woodland.

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