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The Role of Farm Woodland in Northern Ireland: An Appraisal

C. F. Guyer, C. J. W. Edwards


This paper examines the role of farm woodland in Northern Ireland, one of the most sparsely wooded areas of Europe. Census data reveals that woodland occupies only 1.01 per cent of all agricultural land: less than one quarter hectare per holding. Furthermore under CAP pressures to increase agricultural land a scarcely adequate resource declined by nearly 18 per cent between 1975 and 1986. though rates of change arc seen to vary spatially. The paper reviews past farm woodland policies and assesses their success, finally introducing and speculating upon the likely effects of recently introduced woodland policy.

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