People and the archaeological resource

A group of people learn about a woodland’s history by examining a charcoal platformFeatures and sites forming part the historic environment provide the tools with which we can understand our past. They are a finite, non-renewable resource, and once lost, can not be replaced. To allow the interpretation and study of the historic environment by future generations, management to ensure its preservation is required whenever possible. Many people have a strong affinity towards the human past and archaeological trails are very popular as walkers try to imagine the lifestyle of their ancestors.

It is Forestry Commission policy to increase public access to its woodlands and recreation, tourism, health and well-being are considered of greater importance today than they have been in the past. Some Forest Districts are now utilising their cultural assets and creating heritage walks with information signs that incorporate features of interest. Such trails attract more visitors to the woodland and thus provide both health and educational benefits.