Woodland management


Pollarding introduction

Pollarding is a pruning system, which controls the final size of a tree and historically was conducted for the production of fodder and wood products. The process removes the main stem and releases dormant buds.

Beech, oak and holly were historically managed as pollards within the New Forest and branches would often be left on the ground for the deer and commoners’ animals to feed on. In 1698 the law changed to stop oaks and beech being managed as pollards because the timber produced wasn’t useful for the navy.

Examples of famous pollards in the New Forest include the Knightwood Oak and Knowles Beech, which are estimated to be 450 to 600 years old.

Wildlife benefits

Pollarding encourages the development of a diverse habitat under the tree’s canopy, which supports a range of plants, invertebrates, birds and mammals.

  1. Introduction
  2. Creating woodlands
  3. Introduction to coppicing
  4. How to coppice
  5. Pollarding introduction (you are here)
  6. How to pollard
  7. Ash tree dieback
  8. Grown in Britain


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