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The cultural heritage of woodlands in the South East

A new book focusing on woodland heritage has recently been published by the Forestry Commission, Natural England, and AONB partners. Entitled ‘The cultural heritage of woodlands in the South East’, the book was produced by the SE AONBs Woodlands Programme, one of four programmes across the country funded by the Countryside Agency (now part of Natural England) and the Forestry Commission.

This book was commissioned by the Programme on behalf of the High Weald, Kent Downs, and Surrey Hills AONBs, three areas where the history of woodlands and woodland use, and the way these have shaped each landscape are to a large extent intertwined. The book, however, places these AONBs in the wider context of the South East, by examining the cultural heritage of woodlands across the region.

To reduce the file size of the downloadable book, it has been split into separate chapters, each of which can be downloaded below:


1. Introduction                        

2. High Weald Chapter  pdf:2952k

3. Kent Downs Chapter  pdf:2266k                   

4. Surrey Hills Chapter  pdf:2304k         

5. Gazetteer of archaeological features  pdf:3395k

6. Guidelines for preserving features   pdf:2815k   

7. References, Glossary & Contacts pdf:568k

8. Appendix 1 pdf:515k

9. Appendix 2 pdf:3333k

10. Acknowledgements  pdf:1141k